UN Climate Action Summit Call to Action: Resilience & Adaptation Initiatives

Civil society representatives, businesses, governments and other organisations are invited to support the UN Climate Action Summit (UNCAS) Call for Action on resilience and adaptation by Wednesday 18th September.

Under their co-leadership of the resilience and adaptation strand for UNCAS, the governments of UK and Egypt , in partnership with Malawi, Bangladesh, St Lucia, the Netherlands and UNDP, along with multiple other partners have prepared a Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience.

The call aims to facilitate strengthened government, business and civil society support for vulnerable communities whilst building a resilient future for all people, environment and economies. The declaration is intended to send a political and market signal to raise the profile of climate resilience and adaptation setting the tone in the run up to 2020. It will be underpinned by a set of concrete actions and initiatives that will contribute to making this shift in practice.

If you would like to endorse the declaration please confirm in writing to theDFID Climate Summit Team that your CEO (or equivalent) is supportive by Wednesday 18th September and their signature will be added to the document due to be profiled at the UN’s Climate Action Summit on the 23rd September.

Initiatives that underpin the Declaration

Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP): which aims to bring together development and humanitarian communities to make 1 billion people safer from disaster by greatly improving early warning systems and the capacity to act on risks, leveraging $500m for that purpose. 

Coalition for Climate Resilient Investments (CCRI): a private sector-led coalition that aims to make investment, particularly investment into infrastructure, more resilient to the impacts of climate change by pricing climate risks into investment decision-making and mobilising capital into resilient infrastructure.

Livelihoods and landscapes: Partnership for a ‘Just Rural Transition’ to resilient food, land-use and eco-systems  that will mobilise a wide range of stakeholders to deliver the shift that is urgently needed to feed a growing population without collapse of the natural systems that sustain life, including through policy reform and shifting investment. 


LIFE-AR – this initiative is led by the Least Developed Country (LDC) group in partnership with development partners, civil society, academia and the private sector. It aims to drive historic shift towards a more effective and more ambitious global climate response, spearheaded by the LDCs with supporting development partners, behind a shared 2050 Vision, that ensures support reaches vulnerable communities and countries, with no one left behind.

InsuResilience Global Partnership Vision 2025  puts forward an actionable and transformative contribution to the Climate Action Summit, to strengthen the resilience of the poor and vulnerable through a scale-up of risk finance and risk transfer solutions.

Agriculture and Food Security for small-scale food producers (GCA Action Track): By 2030, 300 million small-scale agricultural producers in low- and middle- income countries enhance their resilience to a changing climate, including climate shocks and extreme events, increase household incomes and food security, and reverse ecological decline—consistent with the sustainable development goals

African Adaptation Initiative (AAI): Launched by African Heads of State, the AAI aims to enhance adaptation action in the African continent with a focus on four key areas: (1) enhancing climate information services; (2) strengthening policies and institutions; (3) enhancing on the ground action; and (4) increasing access to and mobilising climate finance and investment.