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Ensuring climate justice though disability inclusive disaster risk reduction, humanitarian action and climate change adaptation

The participation of people affected by climate change is critical to ensure responsive, accountable and effective DRR and humanitarian programming. Unless policy and related mitigation, adaptation and response efforts are put in place, climate change will continue to be a leading driver of humanitarian need. Inclusion and equal participation of all is a precondition to climate justice.

CBM Global works with partners in countries that are vulnerable to climate-related disasters, which drives increased levels of risks, vulnerability, and human rights abuses. The impact of climate change is also disrupting livelihoods, increasing displacement of people from their homes and communities, influencing the spread of diseases, worsening global public health and threatening lives overall. The climate crisis caused by a warming planet contributes to increasing inequality for many front-line communities and disproportionately affects persons with disabilities.

CBM Global aims to influence positive change at community, national and global level to ensure a disability inclusive policy and programme response to the climate crisis. We do this through our three vehicles of change: advocacy, advisory and community programming.

Our Climate Advocacy Roadmap

Climate justice is one of CBM Global’s strategic advocacy priorities. Our climate advocacy work is supported by a federation climate advocacy cluster group that is co-chaired with CBM UK. Read our climate advocacy roadmap which guides our work.

We carry out our advocacy with OPD partners at global, regional, national, and grassroots level. We are members of Global Greengrants Disability Rights and Climate Justice (DRCJ) Advisory Board which funds grassroots activists and OPDs for evidenced based advocacy on climate and the environment.


CBM Global Climate Advocacy Roadmap

The purpose of the roadmap is to set out our intended direction of travel for climate advocacy (2023 - 2026). Our hope is that international, regional and national level climate policies will fully reflect the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Working with mainstream climate advocacy networks is important for the change we want to see. We work with the following mainstream climate networks: CAN International, CAN Europe, CAN UK, Human Rights and Climate Change working group of the Centre for International Environmental Law. Along with these networks and OPD partners, we aim to ensure that policies, frameworks, platforms, facilities and financing mechanisms that are developed for a climate just society transformation are disability inclusive. We do this through our engagement with the United Nations United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

CBM Global Advocacy and UNFCCC

CBM Global has engaged with the UNFCCC policy cycle since COP26 where we attended for our first time. Advocating alongside our OPD partners at these events for accessibility to the meetings and disability inclusive language in the outcome documents is one of our main objectives. We also share case studies highlighting much needed evidence on the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities.

  • In 2023 as part of loss and damage discussions we highlighted at Bonn how the climate crisis impacts on the implementation of the CRPD. View the report and watch the video.
  • At COP27 held in 2022, we launched a report: Missing in Climate Action. At Bonn, a representative from our Nepal country team shared a case study on the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities in Nepal.
  • At COP26, CBM UK led a side event with partners on the impact of climate change on mental health of persons with disabilities. Watch the video.

Learnings from our programmes and advisory partnerships

Climate change and disasters pose significant challenges and risks for persons with disability, who often face multiple barriers to access information, services and resources. CBM Global has been working to promote the inclusion and participation of persons with disability in disaster risk reduction and climate action, based on the principles of human rights and social justice. Here we share some of our learnings, case studies and best practices from our projects and partnerships.

Our latest resources

This page also provides a comprehensive collection of CBM Global’s tools and guidance resources on climate change, disasters and disability.