Putting people and nature first
The Race to Resilience campaign – the sibling campaign to Race to Zero – is the race to catalyse a step-change in global ambition, to accelerate the investment and implementation of adaptation solutions, and to put people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we do not just survive climate shocks and stresses, but thrive in spite of them.
The Campaign was launched by the UN Climate Action High-level Champions in January 2021 at the Climate Adaptation Summit, alongside the State-driven Adaptation Action Coalition.
The ultimate goal of the Race to Resilience is to increase the resilience of four billion people living in vulnerable communities, in collaboration with partner organisations from around the world, while developing tools to support them in their work. It prioritises the climate risks faced by urban, rural and coastal vulnerable communities and elevates the potential and actions that NSAs( e.g. businesses, cities, regions, finance sector, CSOs, local communities) are already pursuing towards system transformations enhancing resilience. The convening power of the campaign is geared towards increasing the ambition loop by delivering resilience breakthroughs and mobilising and increasing financial flows for resilience.
Throughout 2021, the High-Level Champions have engaged coalitions and initiatives that are prepared to meet Race to Resilience’s ‘eligibility criteria’.
Our approved Partner Initiatives act as the secretariats through which individual members can join and thus will facilitate the speed at which members can join the Race to Resilience.
To enter the Campaign, Partners first have to Apply. For that, they will have to submit an Expression of Interest – EoI- (pdf format for reference, online form to fill) stating their goals and forms of organisation and governance. The purpose of the EoI is, on the one hand, to explain why the initiative is a good candidate to be part of R2R; and, on the other, to commit to take up R2R’s membership rules and criteria. This includes pledging to engage actively with the campaign across all its phases, as described below. Each application will be reviewed by three experts of the Expert Review Group (ERG) based on the eligibility criteria.
Banka Bioloo: The company supporting access to clean sanitation in rural India
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ReverdeC: The initiative aiming to grow 1.5 million trees a year to restore river basins in Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Out of the urgency to protect water resources and increase the resilience of local communities in Columbia, the ReverdeC program was created with the goal of planting ten million trees by 2025.READ MORE
Tanzania: Establishing a voluntary carbon market to restore mangroves and support local communities
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Athens leads fight to counteract extreme heat
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