On Wednesday, 21 April at 9:00am EDT, E3G hosted a panel discussion on strengthening global cooperation on climate resilience.
Global cooperation on climate resilience remains fragmented and under-resourced. No country or institution is currently well prepared for the climate-driven impacts and shocks that are already occurring, and will be likely to worsen considerably in the coming years. Globally, there is no clear locus for climate resilience coordination in the international system. Adaptation work in bilateral and multilateral development institutions is mostly at the project level, and stove-piped in particular sectors.
This year presents a unique opportunity to strengthen global cooperation on resilience, both for its immediate benefits and to help improve the politics of global climate change by responding to the needs of the most vulnerable countries and groups. In light of President Biden’s January 27 Executive Order, and in particular, Section 211, which calls for agency heads to develop action plans to bolster adaptation and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change, the US is in a strong position to help the international community chart a path forward on resilience cooperation and coordination.
This panel discussed why progress on resilience has been slow, what kinds of international and national governance system reforms are needed to fully integrate climate risks and opportunities into international and national economic management and how countries can work together to deliver them.
Alice Hill, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team
Sinead Walsh, Deputy Director General of Irish Aid and Africa & Climate Envoy at Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
Kitty van der Heijden, Director General for International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.