The UK Climate Resilience Programme ran from 2019 to 2023

COP26 climate resilience events related to UKCR projects

Friday 5 November (1-2 pm GMT): Tracking a moving target: How to measure progress and policy effectiveness in adapting to climate change

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The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the OECD are organising a roundtable to discuss the critical need for, as well as existing challenges and achievements in, measuring progress in implementing national adaptation policies. Country representatives will come together to share insights and discuss key policy priorities their countries are pursuing to accelerate progress in adaptation measurement. The discussions will benefit from an ongoing OECD work that supports countries in strengthening their adaptation measurement frameworks. Panellists will reflect on how these experiences can inform a broader international debate on measuring, and reporting on, achievements in climate change adaptation, notably under the Global Goal on Adaptation.

Speakers: Richard Millar, Climate Change Committee, United Kingdom; Camilo Prats, Ministry of Environment, Chile; Thomas Abeling, German Environment Agency, Germany.

Moderator: Andrew Carr, Head of Adaptation Science, Climate Evidence, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Contact: Mikaela Rambali, OECD Environment Directorate (

Friday 5 November  (12.30-14.00), COP 26 Glasgow – Green Zone, Tower Base South: On the Edge

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A creative exploration of young people’s eco-anxiety in the face of climate uncertainty through a performance of spoken word, poetry, music and short film. Briony McDonagh, Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Hull’s Energy & Environment Institute and PI of the UKCR project Risky Cities, will co-lead the performance with NYT’s Adeola Yemitan, actor, writer & winner of the 2021 Samsung Spotlight competition for young performers, and Paul Roseby OBE, NYT’s Chief Executive & Artistic Director.

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Monday 8 November (08.00-10.30 panel discussion), UK Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP26: Climate Risk and Adaptation: How We Understand and Respond to Climate Change Hazards

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Co-organised by: the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); Climate Change Committee (CCC); University of Exeter; Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO); Met Office and the Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA).

This event will showcase the UK’s proactive steps to collaboratively build adaptive capacity and reduce climate risk to communities both domestically and internationally through risk assessments, action-oriented research and knowledge exchange. The panel discussion will cover experiences both in the UK and Global South, drawing on the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) and the FCDO-led ARA to explore how better information on climate risk can lead to more effective decisions and intervention actions.

Panel presentations will centre around the following key points: protecting vulnerable communities and ecosystems;  how cllimate change risk assessments can inform evidence-based national adaptation plans; the need for on-going, locally led, people-centred research to support and inform risk assessments; ensuring collaboration between mitigation and adaptation efforts to accelerate action.

Speakers: Keynote: Minister Jo Churchill MP- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Chair: Professor Gideon Henderson, Defra Chief Scientist

Panellists: Baroness Brown, Chair of the Adaptation Committee, CCC; Professor Richard Betts, Chair in Climate Impacts, University of Exeter and Met Office Fellow; Dr Rosalind West, Senior Climate Advisor, FCDO; Dr Ana Maria Loboguerrero, Research Director, Climate Action for the Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT

Monday 8 November (11.00-12.30), COP 26 Science Pavilion: Harnessing Climate Science for Adaptation

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Climate science provides understanding of how the climate is changing and as such, plays a key role in informing mitigation policy and action.  However, climate science also needs to drive adaptation strategies to enable countries to be better prepared for the changes in climate they are experiencing now and in the future.  This session will explore the opportunities for climate science to shape resilience building and adaptation policy and practice and vice versa.  It will illustrate how, in order to be actionable, weather and climate science needs to be trans-disciplinary; bringing together natural scientists, social scientists and practitioners so they can combine understanding of hazards, risks and vulnerabilities to enable co-developed (or co-produced) policies and services.

Organised by the Met Office with support from Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, FCDO, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Malawi (also representing REAP), WFP, IPCC

Speakers:  Keynote by Stephen Belcher, Met Office 

Panellists: Maarten van Aalst, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; Rosalind West, FCDO; Jolamu Nkhokwe, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Malawi;  Jesse Mason, WFP;  Suraje Dessai IPCC.

Facilitator: Helen Bye, Met Office. 

Wednesday 10th November (18.00-19.00, COP26, Glasgow: IPCC-WMO-UKMO Pavilion: Building resilience in a low carbon world

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This event will showcase how two research programmes – the Strategic Priorities Fund UK Climate Resilience Programme and the Future Climate For Africa – in different contexts – the UK and Africa – have worked with research users, funders and policy makers at all stages of the research cycle to enhance the usefulness and usability of scientific research. The presentations and discussion will provide critical reflections and useful lessons for applied climate resilience research for researchers, funders and users of research in policy and practice in the global south and north.

Speakers: Dr Kate Lonsdale (co-Champion, UK Climate Resilience Programme); Dr Geoffrey Sabiiti, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC)

Moderator: Gideon Henderson, Defra Chief Scientist

Panellists: Dr Andrew Carr, Head of Adaptation Science, Defra; Mr Julius Ng’oma, National Coordinator, Civil Society Network on Climate Change in Malawi; Dr Tamara Janes, climate scientist, Met Office

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