COP26 Resilience Hub Synthesis Report

The first Resilience Hub, the home of UNFCCC’s Race to Resilience at COP26, sought to advance action on adaptation and resilience at COP26 and beyond, and to help provide a strong collective voice on resilience for all those globally who are working to build a more climate resilient world.

This report synthesises the main messages from the Resilience Hub and aims to help set the direction for future action towards COP27 and beyond. The report first provides an overview of the key adaptation and resilience decisions and announcements that took place during COP26; it then presents the key messages resulting from the events of the Resilience Hub and offers concluding remarks on next steps towards COP27 and beyond.

Five main messages emerged:

  1. Locally Led Adaptation is essential for transformative and equitable adaptation and is ripe for scaling, subject to finance access.
  2. There is an urgent need to increase the overall availability of quality finance for adaptation and resilience, as well as to diversify financial instruments through emphasising grant-based rather than loan-based models.
  3. Transformative adaptation and resilience require bridging the gaps between knowledge and implementation through knowledge brokering and advancing measurement and learning.
  4. Nature based Solutions are key to transforming risk into resilience through integrated urban, coastal and rural climate actions.
  5. Pragmatic and equitable adaptation and resilience action requires women, youth, disabled, displaced, and Indigenous peoples to be at the heart of design, decision-making, and implementation.

Besides summarising the key overarching messages, the synthesis report presents findings and insights from the three pillars of Race to Resilience (urban, coastal, and rural), as well as from the ten themes explored in the Resilience Hub: Finance and Investment; Water; Food and Agriculture; Energy Access and Resilience; Cities, Regions, and Built Environment; Resilient Infrastructure; Early Warning Early Action and Disaster Risk Reduction; Locally Led Adaptation and Just Transition; Arts, Culture, and Heritage; and Health and Wellbeing.

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