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Resilience Rising at COP28

Resilience Rising is heading to Dubai for COP28 with a dynamic agenda that is focused on mainstreaming resilience into every climate conversation.

We will once again be supporting two full weeks of programming as a Managing Partner of the Resilience Hub pavilion in the Blue Zone. The Resilience Hub is the focal point for resilience and adaptation at COP and is the official home of the UN’s Race to Resilience campaign. All Resilience Hub events will be live-streamed for global audiences – register today to participate!

Our partners at Resilience First and the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) are also holding a number of impactful sessions during COP28. We’re excited to share our planned activities below. All events are in local Dubai time, Gulf Standard Time (GST), GMT+4.


Science to Action: Community-led transformation

2 December, 17:45-18:45 GST
Resilience Hub, Blue Zone

By translating complex climate science into understandable and actionable information, we aim to ensure that a wide range of stakeholders, including policymakers, businesses and civil society, can make informed decisions and take concrete steps to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. The session will help identify ways that would increase the accessibility of both the development of climate science and data as well as its usability by urban practitioners.

Engineering Action: Influencing the future of the built & natural environment

3 Dec, 13:30-14:30 GST
Resilience Hub, Blue Zone

Recognising that engineers are critical to building just, resilient, inclusive & sustainable infrastructure, this session led by ICSI will explore how to implement the UNDRR Principles for Resilient Infrastructure and showcase tangible examples of engineering-led transformative action, including practical capacity building of early-career engineers.

Implementation Lab: Enabling Private Finance for Adaptation

3 Dec, 14:00-15:00 GST
Global Climate Action Hub, Blue Zone

Resilience First, in collaboration with Resilience Rising and The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, will explore practical actions to drive progress on the Sharm El-Sheik Adaptation Agenda, including nature-based solutions. This roundtable discussion is part of the official COP28 programme and will be live-streamed for virtual audiences.

Ensuring Resilience in Renewable Energy Infrastructure

4 Dec, 12:00-13:30 GST
RCREEE Pavilion, Blue Zone

Join KPMG International and ICSI for a comprehensive dialogue on the significance of resilience in renewable energy infrastructure and systems. Experts will explore financing, investment, and technical challenges, as well as innovations at both the asset and system-wide infrastructure levels. 

Maritime Resilience: Mainstreaming resilience in ports

4 Dec, 17:45-18:45 GST
Resilience Hub, Blue Zone

Co-hosted by Resilience Rising, the Climate Champions Team, Arup and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, this session will discuss the role of ports as gateways for connecting and catalysing transformation across essential impact systems and will highlight climate action initiatives undertaken by ports since the launch of the Maritime Resilience Breakthroughs at COP27.

Systems Thinking for Holistic Climate Action: Nature-driven engineering, policy and finance solutions

5 Dec, 15:00-16:30 GST
SE Room 3, Blue Zone

Co-hosted by Resilience First, World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), Conservation International (CI) and Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), this session will foster transdisciplinary and systems thinking for inclusive, effective, nature-positive infrastructure and climate solutions in the context of the global stocktake by mobilising youth, finance and policy. Livestream the session here.

Catalysing Climate Resilience with Private Sector Action

5 Dec, 16:00-17:30 GST
Blue Zone

A private roundtable discussion for members and partners, co-hosted by Resilience First, The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and Resilience Rising.

From Reaction to Socio-Ecological Resilience: Advancing disaster risk reduction and ecosystem restoration for climate adaptation

8 Dec, 15:00-16:00 GST
Resilience Hub, Blue Zone

Co-hosted by ICSI and the United Nations University, this session will explore what socio-ecological resilience means to different stakeholders in the context of disaster risk reduction. It will take a holistic approach to the concept of socio-ecological resilience by showcasing solutions across different contexts, scales and sectors.


Our staff and partners will also be representing Resilience Rising and our consortium in a number of events and discussions in both the Blue and Green Zones. See Resilience First’s full schedule here and ICSI’s full schedule here. If you are interested in attending any of the above or learning more about our work, please come along or reach out to us today with any questions.