Resilience Hub report sets the Race to Resilience’s direction of travel to COP28

New report synthesises the main messages from the COP27 Resilience Hub and aims to help set the direction for future action towards COP28 and beyond. By Climate Champions | December 22, 2022

The Resilience Hub, an inclusively built virtual and physical space that aims to mobilise greater levels of ambition and action on building resilience to climate change, was conceived and created by three organisations: The Global Resilience Partnership, the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, and Resilience Rising. These organisations saw the need to create a home for resilience at COP to act as a central gathering place to help drive greater awareness, inclusive action, and investment. It was born in close collaboration with the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions and is home to the Race to Resilience campaign at COP, representing over 1,500 non-State actors taking action on resilience around the world.

“As the gap between knowledge and action continues to grow, the Resilience Hub is playing an essential role to accelerate the ambition, action and investment that is urgently needed on adaptation and resilience. I hope everyone joins the Resilience Hub either in-person or virtually to see locally led resilience solutions which can be implemented at scale, helping protect people and nature from climate hazards.” — Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt, COP27.

A new report provides an overview of the key adaptation and resilience decisions and announcements that took place during COP27 and presents the key messages resulting from the events of the Resilience Hub, offering concluding remarks on next steps towards COP28 and beyond.

Five cross-cutting messages emerged:

  1. Scaling action on adaptation and resilience is inextricably linked to, and a
    prerequisite for, containing the magnitude of Loss and Damage.
  2. While significant finance gaps remain, a wider diversity of financial actors
    are taking action to embed resilience as part of strategies, operations, and
    reporting.
  3. The spectrum of mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and Loss and Damage
    requires a concerted approach to the governance of implementation.
  4. Arts, heritage, and culture must be at the heart of adaptation and
    resilience action – protecting them is key to thriving livelihoods and
    human development.
  5. Locally-led adaptation (LLA) and resilience implementation require radical
    collaboration across actors and scales.

Besides summarising the key overarching messages, the synthesis report presents findings and insights from four Regional Hubs and from the nine themes explored in the Resilience Hub during COP27. The Regional Resilience Hubs took place in the lead up to COP27 to ensure that best practices on resilience and perspectives of those most susceptible to and affected by climate change are amplified and increasingly drive the agenda at COP.

The Sharm-El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda, a comprehensive, shared agenda to rally global action around 30 adaptation outcomes that are needed to address the adaptation gap and achieve a resilient world by 2030, was also launched at COP27.

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