Resilience in light of COVID-19: climate action on the road to COP26
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of resilience. This event served as a framing event for resilience at London Climate Action Week.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought concerns about resilience to the fore in an unprecedented way. The pandemic has laid bare the vulnerability of health systems and economies, substantiating concerns about resilience more broadly to external shocks.
Given the immense losses that could be avoided by delivering resilience, policymakers aim to prioritise resilience across different dimensions, including: climate, health, development, investment, peace and security.
This event served a framing event for resilience at London Climate Action Week (LCAW). It articulated the importance of resilience across agendas and showcased leading perspectives on resilience from LCAW 2020, emphasising the need for ambitious public policy commitments on climate adaptation and resilience in the near term, and exploring what action can be taken in the run-up to COP26 with a view to setting up action over the course of this decade.
The event was co-hosted by E3G and IIED in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Speaking during the event, COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma said the world does "not have the luxury of time" to take urgent action to address the climate crisis. Read a full report of the discussion.
You can see a video recording of the complete event below, including the question-and-answer session with webinar participants, and on IIED's YouTube channel.
The precise times in the video for comments by each speaker are listed and linked in brackets below.
Introduction and opening remarks
Dr. Amal-Lee Amin – director, Climate Change, CDC and COP26 Unit, Cabinet Office (1:13:24)
Prema Gopalan – founder and executive director, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) (1:20:08)
Carlos Sanchez – director, Climate Resilience Investment, Willis Towers Watson (1:27:09)
Tenzin Wangmo - lead negotiator for the Least Developed Countries Group under the UNFCCC (1:33:44)
Professor Mizan Khan - programme director of LDC University Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC) (1:39:53)