Adaptation Solutions: Helping the World’s Most Vulnerable Adapt and Build Back Better
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has struggled to address the health crisis and the multiple secondary impacts that came with it. At the same time, in different parts of the globe, the escalating impacts of climate change continue to be felt. The consequence of these overlapping risks is devastating, and there is still no end in sight. Lower income countries, countries with unsustainable debt burdens, and those that are vulnerable to climate change-induced threats are in an extremely difficult position to respond to the crises, much less recover and build back better.
This is a crucial moment to understand the existing risks and challenges they face, and identify solutions that can be scaled up and sustained to build their resilience. The event will build on the gains and partnerships built during the UN Climate Adaptation Summit in September 2019, and build momentum towards the Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021 and the 26th Conference of Parties (COP) in November 2021. Consistent with the UN Secretary-General’s call-to-action to recover better through the six climate-positive actions, this discussion will underline the need to strengthen preparedness and climate resilience to protect lives and livelihoods in developing countries.
Join the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Global Commission on Adaptation in a forward-looking, action-oriented, high-level discussion to explore:
– What are the human, environmental and economic benefits of accelerating adaptation?
– Which adaptation solutions will ensure inclusive, green and resilient recovery and reach those with the least adaptive capacity?
– How can we drive adaptation during a pandemic?