Heatwaves, floods, hurricanes and sea-level rise. The impacts of climate change are already posing severe risks to food security, homes and livelihoods across the world, with the people who have contributed least to climate change being most at risk.
Reducing emissions is critical for preventing runaway climate change, but a certain degree of future warming is already ‘locked in’ due to the inertia of the climate system – and as temperatures continue to rise, so too will the risks.
Adapting to climate change – and building resilience – is critical for protecting people and communities. While the majority of countries have adaptation plans in place, finance and implementation are lacking.
What are the priority areas of action when it comes to strengthening adaptation and resilience, especially in the most climate vulnerable nations? What were the outcomes of the Global Adaptation Summit? And how will adaptation and resilience be addressed at COP26?
The tenth event in the Chatham House COP26 Diplomatic Briefing Series focuses on these important questions.
This event is part of the Chatham House COP26 Diplomatic Briefing Series and is open to any diplomat or government official. If you wish to attend the meeting but have not received an invitation, you are welcome to email Anna Aberg.
H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations; Chair of the Board of the Global Center on Adaptation; Co-chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation; Deputy Chair of the Elders
H.E. Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK, Ireland and Liberia; Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the IMO
The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency; Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth)
Chair: Professor Tim Benton, Research Director of Emerging Risks and Director of the Energy, Environment and Resources Programme at Chatham House
Introductory remarks by Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House