Environment and climate

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Environment and climate

The agencies and institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have long championed the cause of good stewardship of the environment. However, as environmental degradation and climate change have had a growing impact on the populations that AKDN serves, protecting the environment and mitigating climate change, as well as helping populations adapt to the effects of climate change, has taken on increased urgency and importance.  Read our Environment and Climate Commitment Statement


Environment and climate is a core strategic priority and cross-cutting theme for AKDN. While each of the AKDN agencies and institutions have their own mandates, they all have a crucial role to play in helping to protect the environment and mitigate climate change.

Four overriding principles based on AKDN values and ethics guide this cross-cutting theme.

They include responsible stewardship of the environment, which means ensuring that the Earth can sustainably support future generations.

It means a focus on the quality of life and well-being of the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

It encompasses proactive, socially responsible leadership on the most urgent issue of our time.

The fourth principle is leading by example. Through AKDN programmes and then by sharing our experiences with others, AKDN agencies hope to create awareness, increase impact, influence policy and effect societal transformation.