ICSC promotes fair climate policy globally as an advisor to the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable 20 Group of Finance Ministries, which are composed of over 40 developing countries across the world. The CVF and the V20 led the very successful push to include a tougher warming limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius in the Paris Agreement.
ICSC also co-organised a South-South Climate Diplomacy, Leadership and Negotiations Training Seminar for CVF member countries in August 2016 with WRI, GIZ, and UNDP.
For several years, ICSC has been an advisor to the Philippine delegation to the UN climate negotiations. It has also successfully lobbied for the country’s ratification of the Paris Agreement.
ICSC is an observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate Change and the Green Climate Fund. It is also a member of Climate Action Network-International.
ICSC leads discussions on climate finance in the Philippines. ICSC successfully pushed for the passage of the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Act. Over the years, the climate policy team has capacitated over 350 local government units and 30 local organizations in climate finance and writing proposals for the PSF. It currently sits as the NGO representative to the PSF Board.
Through the Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative (AFAI), ICSC tracks both climate change adaptation and mitigation funds. It also looks into humanitarian or disaster-related finance, specifically tracking Haiyan-related funding.
On the research front, the organization has established partnerships with several local academic institutions across the country, including Benguet State University, University of Southeastern Philippines, and Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. It is currently working on its second report on Slow-Onset Impacts (SOI) of Climate Change which incorporates the findings of these partner universities.
ICSC co-organized workshops for the Human Development Network (HDN), which focuses on geographical indicators influencing economic development, across the Philippines.