Resilience in light of COVID-19: climate action on the road to COP26

Date: Friday, 3 July 2020
Where: Online
Logo for London climate action week event

This event was organised in partnership (Image: London Climate Action Week)

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).


Juliette Tunstall (, internal engagement and external events officer