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Resilience and adaptation require substantial investment support from public and private sector investors, putting finance at the heart of the climate-resilient transition and closing the financing gap for adaptation.

Building on the methodologies and tools of finance, including pricing risk and financial modelling for investment decisions, this theme focuses on bringing together multiple perspectives and areas of expertise from a diverse audience, each with a distinct and valuable understanding of managing risk as well as the rewards of resilience, to reach a systemic approach to financing adaptation and climate-resilient economies.

InsuResilience Global Partnership

Willis Towers Watson (WTW)

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

“If climate change is the shark, water is its teeth”

Water is at the very heart of the climate crisis, as crucial to adaptation as carbon is to mitigation. Our increasingly variable climate is profoundly altering the water cycle, jeopardising shared water resources and increasing flood and drought risk. We need to act right now to identify and accelerate collaborative, low carbon solutions to deliver water resilience – such as wetland restoration, protection of water sources and integrated management of water, energy and food supplies – if we are to deliver successful adaptation and a truly resilient future.

This theme will highlight the positive social, environmental and economic outcomes that investing in water resilience will bring.

Anglian Water Services

Mott MacDonald

Water Pavilion partners working closely with Resilience Hub, including:

  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
  • The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
  • Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Nature is a force for good. Although food systems are the primary driver of biodiversity loss, working with nature and people to enhance the role of ecosystems can deliver both adaptation and mitigation outcomes, while also tackling biodiversity loss, inequality, and poverty. This theme will showcase evidence-based, people-centred, inclusive solutions at alla local levels, involving Indigenous Peoples and local communities, women, youth, and other marginalised groups from the Global South.

Through creative, innovative, and positive-minded events, we will bring together government, civil society, and the private sector in discussion and debate to showcase how food systems can deliver for climate, nature and people to catalyse a just, inclusive, and nature-positive future.

Just Rural Transition (JRT) (Meridian Institute)


International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security – CGIAR (CCAFS)

Currently, over 770 million people around the world lack access to electricity or appliances and technologies that can help them earn a living, irrigate crops, stay cool amid rising temperatures, and withstand shocks such as economic crises and pandemics. Building resilience in the energy sector will support global efforts to accelerate universal energy access, and provide reliable service to those already connected to the grid. In addition, climate resilience can complement global efforts to achieve a just and inclusive clean energy transition, accelerating the shift to renewable energy technologies, which are often sensitive to a changing climate, and enabling higher rates of electrification.

Efficiency for Access Coalition


International Energy Agency (IEA)

More than half the world lives in cities, and yet, if cities don’t become more resilient by 2030, climate change alone could push 77 million people back into poverty. Cities and regions serve as the central hub for key aspects of human development – housing, livelihoods and economic growth, health, education, and as the primary geographies for strengthening resilience in the built environment. COP26 is a critical moment to advocate for resilient places to live, work, and play via raising climate ambitions, mobilizing all relevant stakeholders, and identifying the strategies which are both needed and effective for a more resilient future.


Build Change


The theme on infrastructure resilience will focus on the urgency of implementing adaptation in the infrastructure sector as a means to drive economic growth and equitable access to infrastructure services. It will showcase examples of global best practices and innovation in infrastructure governance and policy-making, construction standards and codes, pricing risk and financial modelling for resilient investment, and nature-based solutions for resilient infrastructure, with an objective to mobilize investments in resilient infrastructure worldwide. A key outcome from the theme could be the joint adoption of a Manifesto for Resilient Infrastructure, which will serve as the guiding principles for risk-informed investments in infrastructure, at a global scale.

Infrastructure Operators Adaptation Forum (IOAF) / Strengthening Infrastructure Risk Management in the Atlantic Area (SIRMA) / Climate Sense

Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI)

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)

Climate change impacts are linked to catastrophic events including poverty, food insecurity, disease, conflict and forced displacement, among other– often hitting the poorest hardest. And while solutions exist and are already being implemented around the world, they now need to be scaled up and should better connect the management of, and response to, climate and disaster risks to broader development agendas. To this end, sessions under this theme will examine innovative solutions, across the three pillars of oceans, rural and urban resilience, such as new technologies, nature-based solutions and financial instruments that can help deliver the much needed scale and speed required in the response to disaster.

Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)

Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Willis Towers Watson (WTW)

The impacts of global climate change threaten societies, economies and ecosystems differently with varied magnitude, intensity and interact with other risks. Such adverse effects are manifested at the local level, threatening future resilience. Deep-rooted poverty, historical injustice and marginalization further deteriorate their situation. However, at the same time, local communities and institutions that are at the frontline, dealing, facilitating and implementing adaptation measures. While many top down approaches have failed to achieve expected goals, the onset of the global pandemic has once again revealed the capabilities of local actors in building resilience against all odds. And this portrays the potential of local leaders in combating global climate change and hence the necessity of locally led adaptation.

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Between technological innovation and individual choice lies the communal realm, a social world of remembering, creating, sharing, and belonging that binds people to places and to each other. Through community centred approaches, culture-based strategies strengthen resilience by supporting social networks and diverse knowledge systems and practices; balancing global interconnectedness with local self-sufficiency; promoting equity and solidarity; and leveraging creativity to support adaptive learning and awareness. The Culture Theme at the COP26 Resilience Hub will showcase the sometimes-overlooked role that culture, including creativity, creative-solutions, arts and heritage, plays in creatively modelling different futures and building a climate-resilient world.

Climate Heritage Network

Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI)

British Council

PRAXIS / Arts and Humantities Research Council / UKRI

Including heat stress and lethal heatwaves

The impacts of climate change, from blistering heatwaves to floods and droughts, are devastating the health and well-being of people around the world and disrupting efforts to maintain global health. This theme highlights the human stories that underpin these impacts, and frames these experiences within systems-level challenges that communities, countries and regions face as they prepare for the future of more intense climate-related shocks and stresses – and the solutions that can be brought to bear against these challenges. Events will showcase initiatives, programs, and new commitments that are building the resilience of people and communities to climate impacts.

Atlantic Council / Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance

Mott MacDonald

cross cutting champion role

1. Getting Knowledge into Use 

Resilience Knowledge Coalition (GRP)

2. Climate Justice and Inequality

Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

3. Nature Based Solutions (NBS)

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

pillar leads

1. Coastal Pillar: Oceans 

Van Oord

Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)

2. Rural Pillar

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience (MRR) at University of California, Davis

3. Urban Pillar

International Institute for Environmental Development (IIED)

Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI)

About the programme

The programme focuses on increasing ambition and delivery of actions that help people, communities and businesses around the globe to adapt to the impacts of climate and build resilience.

It aligns with the overall COP programme Days and Themes and supports and complements Adaptation, Loss and Damage Day, and the High-Level Champions events on global climate action under the Marrakech Partnership. It is framed around the three pillars of the Race to Resilience, and its aims on putting people and nature at its heart to deliver a just, equitable and sustainable 1.5 degree world. It also focuses on action to build resilience to the decades of climate impacts and other uncertainties ahead of us, however quickly we manage to cut our emissions on the drive to reach Net Zero.

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cross cutting themes

  • Building resilient businesses and communities
  • Arts, culture and resilience
  • Increasing finance and new financial instruments
  • Empowering women and girls, youth, people living with disabilities to build resilience
  • Working with nature to build  resilience
  • Science and research   putting knowledge and best practice into use


All events are being designed within the larger vision of the Resilience Hub.

  • Awareness and prioritization: driving leadership action towards a 1.5 degree-resilient world.
  • Curation for consolidation: inspiring interactive events for shared learning, integrating resilience as one voice.
  • Future-impact focused: build the foundations for resilience for future COPs.
  • Build collaboration: collective problem solving by bringing in diverse voices from across the globe. 
  • Broaden reach and inclusion: foster connectivity across physical and virtual spaces.

Guiding Principles

All Themes are asked to include the following elements in their content:

  • Building the resilience of climate vulnerable communities
  • Empowering women, girls, youth, indigenous people, & people living with disabilities
  • Taking a systemic approach to build resilience and breaking down silos
  • Working with nature to build resilience
  • Increasing the quantity and quality of finance for adaptation and resilience
  • Building resilient livelihoods and businesses.

Resilience Pillars


Safeguard coastal and riverine cities, communities and businesses through increased investment in adaptation and resilience and protection of natural ecosystems that support those livelihoods and economies.


Cities, industrial communities and informal settlements become healthy, safe and thriving spaces that support resilient livelihoods and allow for green recovery post COVID-19


Smallholder farmers, rural entrepreneurs, and industries across food and ag supply chains are adaptive, equitable, and are equipped to thrive in the face of climate change.