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Building a Resilient Future

Building a Resilient Future

University Center
General Public 

Join the resilience movement ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit for an event that sets out ambitious and transformative actions needed to build resilience.

The purpose of the Day is to reinforce the focus on resilience and the commitments expected to be made at the Climate Action Summit. It will feature innovative, interactive and participatory sessions for participants to share the actions and commitments they are making to achieve a transformative and resilient future. This will enable participants to learn from each other on what they are doing and how to embed resilience into actions to address climate change and achieve the SDGs. The Day has four objectives: 

To provide the opportunity for all stakeholders to commit to actions and initiatives to build a resilient future, and to explore how by breaking out of institutional and sector silos these can be greater than the sum of their parts.

To highlight actions that grassroots organisations are taking, and how these organisations, and in particular women, can be part of decision making to take these actions to scale especially in the Least Developed Countries.

To set out how the latest knowledge and understanding on resilience can be used to build and invest in adaptive, resilient and transformative communities and economies. 

To provide a highly interactive space to explore and identify new strategies, collaborations, and partnerships to advance and track the implementation of the actions and initiatives announced on the day.

Full Concept Note of the Day available here.

Seven Action Sessions

The day will highlight the critical importance of building resilience and the urgency to take action and will consist Opening and Closing Plenaries in addition to seven sessions with the below focus:

1. Building resilient food and agriculture systems--This will include actions on small-scale agriculture and building the capacity of small-scale food producers and agribusiness to be able to access finance (grants and loans); initiatives of the private sector toward building inclusive and resilient value chains; local to global actions on restoring degraded land and halting further land-use change and degradation; and will showcase actions that emphasize both food security and nutrition.

2. Preventing disasters in a changing climate--The will highlight the actions governments and other actors are taking to act ahead of extreme weather, and illustrate how they are ensuring early warning systems are centred on making the last mile communities who are on the frontlines of climate change the first mile. It will also explore how financing mechanisms can be connected to effective early warning systems (e.g. through forecast-based finance).

3. Financing a resilient future--This will include actions on increasing finance for resilience from public and private sector, and innovative technologies, tools, and finance mechanisms. The session will explore not only how to make sure that the finance is increased but also how to make it accessible to finance adaptation and resilience building at the local level (i.e. ‘money where and when it matters’).

4. Resilient cities, infrastructure and energy systems--This will include actions focusing on the built environment and the ecosystem services they depend upon so they are resilient, not excluding informal settlements and slum communities with their specific needs and priorities. This session will also include actions on resilient infrastructure to connect rural and urban communicates, including energy system transformations in both.

5. Working with nature to build resilience--This will include actions on nature based solutions to build long term resilience. It will explore actions based on nature that can build resilience to extreme events, that can preserve and restore land, freshwater and marine ecosystems while tackling issues of food and water insecurity, employment, equality and equity, among others.

6. Resilience programming and building capacity--This will include actions on- best resilience practice and knowledge across sectors and on building the capacity of developing country organisations and governments to advance action on resilience.

7. Climate and conflict--This will highlight actions on an integrated approach to building resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts to benefit people who are especially vulnerable to changing threats, shocks and stresses. It will include how initiatives addressing conflict, climate, and fragility are relevant not only for effective humanitarian assistance, but are needed to help achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

*Limited Capacity - See Registration Process Below

Please register your interest in attending via the register button above. Capacity is limited and registration does not guarantee a place in this event. You will be contacted via email to confirm your place if selected.


Interested in co-hosting one of the sessions above?

Please email Anastasia Brainich ( with your interest.

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Photography and videotaping: This event will be photographed, and/or videotaped on behalf of the organiser(s) for display, distribution, and broadcast, including on the world wide web. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or videotaped and waive any claims regarding the use of your image or contribution.

The day is being convened by Global Resilience Partnership and sponsored by UK’s Department for International Development.

Presented by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs and the Urban Systems Lab.

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