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.
Reducing climate vulnerability by building resilient housing in Honduras
Race to Resilience partner Build Change and the Honduran Red Cross came together to develop an ambitious pilot for structural reinforcement and expansion of the houses affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota in the Sula Valley of Honduras.READ MORE
Enhancing small-holder farmers’ access to agricultural finance and smart data for climate adaptation in Ecuador
Race to Resilience partner Scale for Resilience is championing access to climate finance, access to information and capacity building alongside YAPU Solutions, by providing technical assistance to support farmers to increase production, reduce risks and access micro credits.READ MORE
Building community resilience with Green Gray Infrastructure in Concepcion, Philippines
Our partner, Global Mangrove Alliance is working with Conservation International to use nature-based solutions along grey infrastructure to increase the resilience of 11 island villages in the Philippines.READ MORE
Early warning system helps locals respond to extreme weather events in Sudan
R2R Case Study: An accessible early warning system is supporting residents of Tuti Island, Sudan, to better respond to extreme weather events.READ MORE
Discover more about our actions and initiatives
A guide to private sector investment in coastal resilience
Nature-related risks matter to businesses due to impacts on markets, operations, supply chains, and customer base. Beyond the motivation for biosphere stewardship generally, and ocean stewardship specifically, the economic rationale for investing in coastal ecosystems is strong.READ MORE
“Celebrating resilience is glossing over the deep harm and repetitive trauma these communities are experiencing”
“The opportunities for adapting, while shifting our economy to be prosperous, sustainable and equitable, are plenty – we just have to have the will and the courage to seize these opportunities” – Camille Manning Broome, President and CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) explains why a happy ending for Louisiana is possible.READ MORE
“A resilient and net zero world is not possible unless the ocean and its biodiversity are protected”
We need a new generation of financial backers from institutional investors to family offices, and from banks to insurers to put capital to work in the ocean, write Chip Cunliffe and Karen Sack, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance.READ MORE
Mauricio Rodas: It is in cities where the battle against climate change will be defined
Former Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas explains why action to confront extreme heat is nowhere near where it needs to be.READ MORE