HIGHLIGHTS: Success in advancing ambition on adaptation and resilience at COP26

With 154 events from 80 partners and featuring 176 participating organisations and 21 major sponsors, the first ever COP Resilience Hub brought together a community of state and non-state actors in an unprecedented collaboration.  In a High-level Plenary session at the end of week 2, Nigel Topping, High level Champion for Climate Action at COP26, […]

This is the vision of the future we want

In a fascinating example of leadership from the bottom up, COP26 endorsed the launch of a programme that takes account of the views and desires of people in six areas of the world who made clear what they want for their future. The project began several months before the Glasgow summit and canvassed the views […]

REPORT – Everyone must prepare for a new reality

The world’s cities are currently responsible for around 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and their populations are set to grow to 70 percent of the world’s total within 50 years. Something dramatic has to change.  Step forward the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) whose members are not in the blame game. They talk […]

ANNOUNCEMENT – Resilience Realized Awards

A new global awards programme that recognises progress at the cutting edge of resilience has been announced at COP26. The Resilience Realized awards is a joint initiative by the Resilience Shift and the Aberdeen-based engineering company Wood.  In a statement the partners said the awards will ‘showcase organisations, teams and governments that are inspiring transformational […]

Built environment leaders announce sweeping climate action plans

Marking a climate breakthrough for the built environment, a coalition of business and government groups has announced 26 climate action initiatives at Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26. The #BuildingToCOP26 Coalition has already set itself the target of halving built environment emissions by 2030 and establishing the sector as a solution provider to the climate crisis. […]

NEWS – a bipartisan US Congress comes to Glasgow and talks resilience

Former president Barack Obama was not the only important American to make a contribution to the Glasgow COP. His rallying call to the world to take seriously the multiple threats from global warming followed a session at the Resilience Hub in which – for the first time at a COP – a bi-partisan group of […]

NEWS – The case for a resilient electric world

A call to governments and private industry to boost their levels of investment in renewable energy generation came at a COP26 session titled Power-up: Factoring Resilience into Transitioning Energy infrastructure. Delivering a keynote address, Samantha Power, administrator of USAID said the world needed new power generating infrastructure to deliver renewable energy that doesn’t emit greenhouse […]

NEWS – Resilience Index to supply vital climate data to the global economy

The Global Resilience Index Initiative (GRII) multi-partner taskforce was formally launched at COP26 Adaptation Day.  With partial funding and in-kind contributions from the insurance sector and partner institutions, the GRII will provide a globally consistent model for the assessment of resilience across all sectors and geographies. It will be a curated, open-source resource offering high level […]

NEWS – Take care, it’s not just any old mud

Sand and mud were given their place in the COP26 spotlight when the Sediment Management Pledge was launched at the UNFCC Resilience Action event. These natural commodities are seen as important elements in carbon capture and their role as fish and wildlife habitats was also stressed by several speakers at the event including by the […]

NEWS UPDATE – Using Nature to help solve the crisis

News from our Partners CDRI The importance of nature-based solutions to climate change has been emphasised throughout COP26. NbS were the particular focus of a session at the end of the first week hosted by the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). This considered a white paper ‘Governance of Infrastructure for Resilience’ produced by CDRI […]