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IFRC-DREF calls on global donors to help the world ‘Stand Tall’ in the face of accelerating humanitarian need – supporting smarter and faster disaster relief

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GENEVA — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ( IFRC) has launched a new campaign to address rapidly escalating climate driven humanitarian crises. It calls on global governments and international donors to support local emergency responders and disaster hit communities – helping them to Stand Tall with smarter and faster humanitarian funding.

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The IFRC’s Disaster Response Emergency Fund ( IFRC-DREF) is the quickest, most efficient and most transparent way of getting funding directly to local National Societies — both before and immediately after a crisis hits. Yet it faces growing pressure to anticipate and respond to multiple, simultaneous and complex crises around the world as a result of climate change.

Today, 3.6 billion people live in areas highly susceptible to climate change. Humanitarian funding needs are growing as more people are adversely impacted by climate-related disasters each year. The signs are hard to ignore: IFRC-DREF funding allocation increased by 75% to meet escalating demands in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 – predominately in response to floods and earthquakes.

Shoulder to shoulder – to Stand Tall

The Stand Tall campaign calls on global governments and private donors to stand shoulder to shoulder with local emergency responders and the communities they support. Stand Tall aims to grow the humanitarian funds available to on-the-ground relief organisations from the CHF 64 million (US$73 million) available today to CHF 100 million (US$114 million) by 2025.

Coinciding with COP28, IFRC’s Stand Tall campaign uses a series of visuals to champion the incredible network of donors, volunteers, and impacted communities that make up IFRC-DREF.

Nena Stoiljkovic, Under-Secretary General at IFRC, said: “In the battle against climate change, we have reached a critical juncture – funding needs outstrip…

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