Building a Resilient Future

Creating a movement to deliver ambitious actions for a resilient future 

New York, 22nd September 2019 

There is now great urgency for “less talk and more climate action”. The Outcome Report from Building a Resilient Future is intended to be of practical use to advance ambitious actions.  

It responds to the Call for Action: Raising Ambition for Climate Adaptation and Resilience - issued at the UN Climate Action Summit (UNCAS) on the 23rd of September - and builds on the eight action tracks of the Global Commission for Adaptation’s Year of Action.  

The Outcome Report shares the rich discussions of the day, which focused on the opportunities and challenges we face in accelerating and scaling resilience actions that leave no one behind

The high level messages from the day are: 

  • Incremental change is insufficient: Actions and initiatives must accelerate a transformation towards a resilient future that serves the most vulnerable communities and those most affected by climate change. If we fail on these commitments, we fail on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.  

  • Climate action should not become a silo: Climate change is connected to food insecurity, conflict dynamics, inequalities and inequities. Single solutions and tools do not work. Actions must deliver positive results to climate, ecosystem services, livelihoods, and be inclusive and risk-informed.  

  • Risk-informed thinking and decision-making should be the norm: Risk-informed development is the most effective step to strengthen resilience: Only by knowing the risks we face are we able to reduce them. Reducing risk means building resilient communities.  

About Building a Resilient Future 

The day-long event was convened by the Global Resilience Partnership, and sponsored by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), with additional support from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).  

Hosted by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs and the Urban Systems Lab at The New School, the event was attended by over 500 practitioners from governments, businesses, grassroots and civil society organizations, media outlets and academic institutions. 

The discussions of the day were developed and facilitated through the collaborative efforts of over 50 public and private sector organizations, all sharing their commitments to building a resilient future. 


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