The climate crisis and pandemics are two of the greatest threats in contemporary times with major humanitarian consequences confronting us now. These are global threats, but some of the most important responses will be at the community level. Our insights and action, locally and around the globe, are making an essential difference for people affected.

We recognise, however, that new approaches are needed to drive global change. We have a responsibility to use our reach and our resources effectively. To do this we must listen, think and act differently, and be open to learning and adapting along the way. We must use our collective voice to bring change.

Within the themes of Climate Change, Pandemics and Local Action, we aim to provide a platform to share experience on how we are tackling the humanitarian impact of these threats now, and also to draw insights for stepped-up action in the future. As set out by the International Federation of Red Cross Red and Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Presidents in their invitation, this event is also an opportunity to showcase how the Movement supports the power of local action to drive global impact, and for the Movement to put forward its contribution toward solutions to these global challenges.
The three themes of this Summit are deeply interlinked and converge in challenging and often, unpredictable ways. Within the frame of this event, we would ask you to share experience and raise questions; how working together we can achieve more, how collaborating with others can open new doors and how innovating can bring potential for new and greater impacts.

To inspire you in your preparations for the event, and especially to guide the design of workshops, make sure you read the following guidelines: