The Glasgow Climate Conference – the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the Climate Convention, taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, will feature a new physical and virtual COP Resilience Hub to help business, investors, civil society, academia, cities and regions take action. It will
- share best practice and build collaboration, momentum and new opportunities on adaptation and resilience.
- help amplify messages on resilience and adaptation at COP26.
- help set the direction for future action on adaptation and resilience beyond COP26.
The COP Resilience Hub will also be the home of the UN High Level Champions Race to Resilience that is catalyse action to build the resilience of 4 billion people by 2030. The Hub has ten themes and will support the objective of the COP26 President Alok Sharma on adaption to the impacts of climate change.
The Resilience Hub will be a physical pavilion in the COP26 Blue Zone, a space in the centre of Glasgow that will be open to all (subject to Covid-safe booking requirements and availability), and a large virtual platform running 24/7 connecting people across the planet activities to provide an unforgettable immersion into the urgency for action while mobilizing ambition to deliver a resilient world for all.
Climate resilience is the ability to withstand, adapt to changing conditions, and recover positively from shocks and stresses. This applies to physical infrastructure assets, and to the wider system that these assets are part of including the natural environment, the organisations that own and operate these systems, and the humans who make decisions across the value chains for these systems.
About the partners
The COP Resilience Hub represents the global urgency to act, with over 30 private and public organisations involved in developing the programme, and a Steering Committee that includes Directors from the COP26 Presidency, FCDO, UNFCCC and the High-Level Champions Team.
Largely financed by private sector and philanthropy support, it is managed by three non-state actors: the Global Resilience Partnership, the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council, and The Resilience Shift.
About the programme
The COP Resilience Hub programme will mirror the official COP26 Programme. It is built on the Race to Resilience (R2R) Pillars: Rural Resilience, Coastal Resilience and Urban Resilience, and aligned to COP Presidency Days. It will be underpinned by events on arts, culture, storytelling and resilience. The ten themes are:
- Finance and investment
- Nature and water resilience
- Food and agriculture
- Energy access and resilience
- Cities, regions and built environment
- Resilient infrastructure
- Early warning – early action (EWEA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR)
- Locally led adaptation and just transition
- Arts, culture, and heritage
- Health and wellbeing (including heat stress and lethal heatwaves)
With cross-cutting issues on:
- Increasing the quantity and quality of finance for adaptation and resilience.
- Empowering women, girls, youth, indigenous people, and people living with disabilities.
- Putting knowledge and best practice into use.