Climate adaptation and resilience vision: what will success look like?

Date: Thursday, 11 February, 2021
Where: Online
Landscape with mountains in the background

Ethiopia has also long grappled with drought-related food insecurity, particularly in rural areas. Climate change exacerbates these profound challenges (Photo: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This IIED and ICCCAD hosted online event on Thursday, 11 February 2021 heard expert perspectives on what climate adaptation and resilience success in 2021 looks like.

The impacts of climate change demand urgent action. There has been considerable attention on climate mitigation ambition in the lead up to COP26, with some strong commitments coming through and more expected.

But what about adaptation and resilience? As we move towards COP26, what should our adaptation ambition look like and what more is needed in 2021 to drive a strong post-COP26 adaptation agenda?

Strong adaptation commitments need to include a range of matters to have the best chance of success. This includes ensuring quantity and quality of financing and resourcing, increasing transparency and accountability, enabling locally-led actions by people and communities most affected by climate impacts, and leveraging the power of nature to drive resilience for both local communities and the environment. The world is up against the clock to design and commit to strong and enduring adaptation commitments. How do we ensure we get there at COP26?

Following on from the 1st Gobeshona Global Conference and the Climate Adaptation Summit, this event brought together speakers from government, business and civil society to pitch what strong adaptation ambition at COP26 needs to look like, what they are doing about it, and how to judge what success looks like for us all.


Juliette Tunstall (, IIED's internal engagement and external events officer