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Helping Families Fleeing Climate Disasters

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Helping Families Fleeing Climate Disasters

1 May 2020 Also available in:

Extreme weather events like droughts, floods and cyclones are becoming more frequent and intense. These disasters overlap with conflict in many parts of the world, affecting those with the least resources.

UNHCR recognises that the consequences of climate change are extremely serious and becoming the drivers of refugee movements, and is therefore providing protection and assistance for many people forcibly displaced by related disasters.

How is UNHCR Responding

Emergency Relief

Emergency shelters, plastic sheets, survival kits, food and cash assistance

Water, Sanitation, Disease Prevention

Provide infrastructure and equipment, prevent disease outbreaks caused by contaminated water and overcrowding

Livelihood Projects

Briquette making, biogas, microcredit and support for sustainable agriculture and small businesses

Sustainable Energy and Resource Management

Solar plants and street lights, fuel-efficient stoves and reforestation projects

Legal Support

Documentation and protection services for displaced and stateless people

Policy Coherence Promotion

Research and mainstreaming of disaster displacement issues across relevant areas



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.