COP26 and its agenda for climate resilience

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, started on Monday 1st November at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK.

For this year, 4 priority work areas have been defined, one of which is focused on adaptation to climate change. Indeed, recognizing that mitigation efforts will not be enough to stop climate change and that the effects are already being felt, especially by the most vulnerable communities who are least responsible for it, the British government has chosen to put this issue at the heart of the discussions.

This conference will be an opportunity to reflect on the implementation of adaptation solutions such as early warning systems and protection against flooding, the construction of infrastructure and networks better adapted to local hazards, and the development of more resilient agriculture. Biodiversity protection and habitat restoration will also be highlighted, as they are closely linked by the solutions they provide.

These solutions will have to respond to the challenges faced by communities dealing with climate hazards and prevent further loss of human life, resources, and natural habitats.

Each country has been asked to provide a summary of what they are already doing and what they plan to do to adapt to climate change. This feedback will also be used to identify good practices and share them between nations.

Finally, this COP will be an opportunity to communicate on the Adaptation Action Coalition launched by the United Kingdom in partnership with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia, and the United Nations Development Programme, whose ambitious objective is to accelerate global action on adaptation to achieve a climate-resilient world by 2030.

 

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