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Managing the cross-border effects of climate change

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.

Climate change can also catalyze such cascading effects – with both companies and communities bearing the brunt. Yet the way we plan adaptation often fails to reflect the realities of how risk is driven and distributed in the 21st century. And efforts to strengthen the resilience of supply chains could lead to the redistribution of vulnerability rather than its reduction outright.

This dialogue will shine a spotlight on industry and explore actions to strengthen the resilience of global supply chains to better manage the cross-border effects of climate change. It 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.

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.

Agenda

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Pema Gyamtsho, Director General of ICIMOD and former Minister of Agriculture and Forests for the Royal Government of Bhutan
  • Michihiro Oi, Director of International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Ashley Allen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Oatly
  • Tom Howes, Head of Energy and Environment, International Energy Agency
  • Kevin Adams, Research Fellow, SEI

Further names to be announced shortly.

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