Container ship in Hong Kong, China.

Container ship transporting goods sailing across ocean leaving the port in Hong Kong, China. Photo: d3sign / Getty Images.

Opening remarks will be held by Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion.

Keynote speakers include H.E. Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Director General of ICIMOD and former Minister of Agriculture and Forests for the Royal Government of Bhutan, and Mr. Michihiro Oi, Director of International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The event will be chaired by Dr. Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment.

Closing remarks will be held by H. E. Chad Blackman, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the WTO and Chair of the WTO Environmental Committee, and Martin Frick, Deputy Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.

The world economy and climate risk

Supply chains are the arteries of the global economy. But how resilient are they to climate risk? And what role do they play in carrying risk between communities’ great distances apart? COVID-19 has brought the vulnerabilities inherent in our global trading systems into sharp relief – how impacts can leap from sector to sector and cascade from country to county – often hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest.

“At the peak of its first wave, the COVID-19 pandemic had dramatic effects for global supply chains and the world economy. A coordinated international response has been crucial to grappling with the coronavirus and reopening our economies safely. As we face another generation-defining crisis – climate change – the same is true for managing systemic risks in supply chains in ways that are effective and equitable.”

— Kevin Adams, Research Fellow at SEI

“This dialogue will also reveal opportunities for just approaches to adaptation that bring co-benefits at scale. If our connections to each other expose us to the transboundary nature of climate risk, they also present an opportunity to shape an inclusive and sustainable path to the future,” said Katy Harris, Senior Expert and Director of Adaptation Without Borders at SEI.

Bringing together representatives from the private sector, civil society, governments and international organizations, the dialogue will accelerate the transition towards a collaborative and coordinated approach to adaptation and a climate-resilient and just future for all.

Join this online dialogue, which will shine a spotlight on industry and explore actions to strengthen the resilience of global supply chains.

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