Projected impacts and related losses and damages are set to intensify with every fraction of a degree, meaning action to address this must dramatically accelerate. The UN Climate Change High-Level Champions aim to play an instrumental part in this process.
Race to ResilienceCatalysing a step-change in global ambition to build the resilience of 4 billion people by 2030
The High Level Climate Champions Race to Resilience — the sibling campaign to Race To Zero — was launched at the Climate Adaptation Summit on January 25 by Alok Sharma, COP26 President designate, after an opening statement from Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations.
The campaign sets out to catalyse a step-change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses but thrive in spite of them.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience, said: “We must take action to support those most at risk to the impacts of climate shocks. The Race To Resilience campaign will mobilise businesses, investors, cities and civil society to strengthen the resilience of 4 billion people in vulnerable communities by 2030. I encourage all those who want to play a part in supporting those most vulnerable to climate change to join this campaign.”
Led by the High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz – Race to Resilience aims:
- By 2030, to catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of 4 billion people from vulnerable groups and communities to climate risks
Through a partnership of initiatives, the campaign will focus on helping frontline communities to build resilience and adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea-level rise.
- Urban: Transform urban slums into healthy, clean and safe cities
- Rural: Equip smallholder farmers to adapt and thrive
- Coastal: Protect homes and businesses against climate shocks
Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development, said: “This decade is for action. Within 10 years, decisive action must catalyse change across the world and build the resilience of 4 billion people from groups and communities who are vulnerable to climate risks. Every company, city, university and NGO should be part of the Race to Resilience.”
Join the Race to Resilience
Non-state actor-led regional, national or global initiatives are invited to express their interest to join the Race to Resilience.
Initiatives must share the vision and goals of the Race to Resilience, and meet the following criteria:
- Pledge: To translate new and existing targets, directly or indirectly, into the numbers of people from vulnerable groups and communities who will be made more resilient to climate risks
- Plan: To use the best knowledge and scientific evidence, and share a clear plan by COP26 to take action towards this commitment with interim targets and milestones
- Proceed: To take immediate action to pursue commitment in support of Race to Resilience, and has an active and functional secretariat able to request and monitor members
For more information on joining the Race, as well as the criteria, please see here.
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