The effects of climate change on vulnerable people around the world become clearer every day. As countries continue to accelerate action to respond to the climate crisis, the context of that action is rapidly shifting. Unpredictable political movements, unprecedented globalization, and seemingly unbounded technological innovation mean that the global community is transforming as it tries to respond to these grand challenges.

So let’s take a leap forward: It is 2030 – COP36. The Sustainable Development Goals have been met. The Paris Agreement implemented. The world is successfully adapting to the climate crisis.

But how does the adaptation of tomorrow differ to the adaptation of today? How do countries cooperate in this world? How are the risks of common concern addressed? How are the benefits and opportunities shared? And what needs to happen to usher in this new era of global cooperation?

In this session, we’ll reimagine adaptation to meet the challenges of an interconnected world.


14:30 – 16:00: Reimagining adaptation – the case for change

A series of lightning talks and a discussion with the audience will set the scene and provide the inspiration for new ways of thinking about adaptation.

The panel will include visionary thinkers such as a futurist/foresight expert who can talk authoritatively about the challenges today and over the decade to come; a climate expert who can speak about the need for revolutionary new approaches to adaptation; an Adaptation Without Borders Initiative lead on the risks and opportunities a cross-border lens reveals; a business/technology lead on how to harness new technology and other ‘enablers’; a political economy expert who can get the audience thinking about the process of how change happens.

16:30 – 18:00: Reimagining adaptation – innovation in practice

The second part will be an interactive lab exploring the practical actions and solutions needed to seize this moment of transformation, engender a step change in our adaptation approaches and encourage collaborative risk management. What does international and transnational adaptation mean beyond the provision of finance?

The session will aim to draw on case studies, examples and expertise from all global regions.

Place: UNFCCC Resilience Lab, Hall 6