Unpacking the six COP27 events from the Resurgence Team in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt.
Track the highlights of our participation, including the delivery of our own flagship event, powered by The Multilevel Action Pavilion, LGMA & ICLEI, at this two week conference on Climate Change.
Our team worked with meteorologists, scientists, negotiators, risk experts and community leaders to discuss issues central to the Sharm El-Sheik agenda. They focused on the loss and damage agenda, financing for adaptation and resilience, creative storytelling, social tech and inclusive urban early warning for all, through our DARAJA Service and Partnership.
Find out more through the text, image and video links below.
Thursday 10 November 2022
Building Resilience through the Nexus of Urban and Rural Food, Health and Climate Systems
Host: LSHTM (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) / Resilience Hub
Summary of event: Highlighting the health implications of climate-driven food insecurity, this session focused on existing programs that strengthen the climate resilience and economic viability of the food supply chain while also improving the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. It looked at the key role that early warning systems play in making the urban-rural supply chain more climate resilient, and the widespread health and environment benefits of including food-systems in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Speakers: Amanda Quintana, Climate and Health Technical Specialist, Abt Associates and LSHTM
Walid Allam, Project Director, Abt Associates
Susannah Mayhew, Professor, LSHTM
Patricia Nying’uro, Climate Scientist, Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD)
Sunayana Sen, Programme Manager, Resurgence
Marco Springmann, LSHTM
Patty Fong, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Kurt Shickman, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Friday 11 November 2022
Race to Resilience 1: Solutions and Storytelling in the Future
Host: Race to Resilience / Resilience Hub
Summary of event: How does building resilience for 4 billion people by 2030 look like? This is the goal and the question the Race to Resilience (R2R) campaign is trying to achieve and answer. They believe there is a reason why people use storytelling as a resource to talk about climate change and climate resilience, not only to share real work but also to increase conscience, and that’s what they explored in this event. In this session three RTR partners, including Resurgence and their partner, Sudan Urban Development Think-Tank (SUDTT), showcased solution stories they are leading to build and scale resilience on the ground, aiming not only to inspire others into action but to dive into the how. Telling the stories behind their work. This was an interactive session where the public had the opportunity to engage with R2R partners and gain insights into how they were delivering concrete actions, creating real positive impacts on communities’ lives and livelihoods built upon measurable resilience outcomes.
Speakers: Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Champion, COP26 (co-host)
Racquel Moses, High Level Climate Champion (co-host)
Mark Harvey, CEO, Resurgence
Maysoon Badi, Senior Architect, Sudan Urban Development Think-Tank (SUDTT)
Aya Tarek, Egyptian painter, street artist and illustrator
Denise Baden, Herculean Climate Solutions
Friday 11 November 2022
Building community resilience: Moving From Engagement to Action through Social Technologies
Host: Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and Meta / Resilience Hub
Summary of event: Ever wonder how gaming and social technology are part of the climate solution?
Arsht-Rock and Meta hosted a panel discussion to explore how technology can help us build climate resilience in communities around the world. The panel of experts reflected on the innovative solutions that can reach millions of people at once, as soon as possible, equipping them with the tools to build resilient communities. With insights from tech company representatives, game designers, and climate experts, this conversation underlined the importance of innovative solutions and technologies that can inspire climate action.
Speakers: Kathy Baughman McLeod, SVP and Director, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Marina Psaros, Head of Sustainability, Unity Technologies
Chance Glasco, Arsht-Rock Resilience Center and Good Dog Studios
Mark Harvey, Founder and CEO, Resurgence
Kaushik Sethuraman, Head of Technical Product/Program Management, Meta
Saturday 12 November 2022
Understanding Urban Risk
Host: Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) / The International Development Finance Club (IDFC) Pavilion
Summary of event: The highly interactive event involved a vibrant pitch session with Global South adaptation entities including Charles Tonui (Indian Institute for Human Settlements), Ericka Lynne Nava (Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives) ONLINE, Alice McClure (University of Cape Town) ONLINE and Shiraz Wajih, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG).
Speakers: The session also featured brief presentations from speakers Jesse DeMaria-Kinney (ARA), Aditya Bahadur (ARA), Rosalind West (ARA), with adjudication from Sheela Patel (SPARC) and Mark Harvey (Resurgence).
Re-watch: here(replays will be published soon)
Tuesday 15 November 2022
Dialogue on the Role of Civil Society in Prevention and Response to Climate-Induced Disasters
Host: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity Panel
Summary of event: This panel’s aims were to improve the understanding of how local, regional and international humanitarian actors are contributing to reducing climate risks and building climate resilience, including through anticipatory action, nature-based solutions, and climate-smart disaster risk reduction, and what is needed to support a scale-up of this action.
This event sought to explore the humanitarian consequences of climate change and, in particular, climate-induced disasters. In addition, it unpacked: The current and future humanitarian impacts of climate-related disasters on vulnerable people; Actions to support communities to build resilience, reduce disaster risk and adapt to climate change in the face of extreme climate and weather events; The efforts made by civil society in preventing, managing, and responding to climate-induced disasters (humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction, and development communities) to minimize, avert and address losses and damages.
Speakers: Rania Ahmed, Deputy Regional Director for IFRC MENA Regional Office (Moderator)
H.E Minister Nivine El Kabbage, Ministry of Social Solidarity, Egypt (Opening Remarks)
Dr. Ramy El-Nazer, CEO of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society
Mark Harvey, Founder & CEO of Resurgence
Anna Farina, Operations Lead, Crisis Anticipation and Disaster Risk Finance, START Network
Nena Stoiljkovic, IFRC Under Secretary General for Global Relations, Diplomacy, and Digitalization
(NB: The replay is the last 20 minutes of the session)
Thursday 17 November 2022
DARAJA and Early Warning For All in our Overheating Cities
Host: Resurgence & DARAJA in collaboration with Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) & The Climate Change High-Level Champions / The Multilevel Action Pavilion (LGMA)
Summary of event: What are the new models for effective and inclusive early warning and action in a world in which over 50% of us already live in cities? This event panel showcased three emerging initiatives of the award -winning DARAJA Service and Partnership that deploy tradition and culture, technology and novel financing models to meet the UN Secretary’s General’s call for Early Warning for All within five years.
Speakers: Mark Harvey, CEO, Resurgence (moderator)
Maysoon Badi, Senior Architect, Sudan Urban Development Think-Tank
David Gikungu, Director, Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD)
Rania Ahmed, Deputy Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) IFRC
Rohan Brown, Head of Weather Services, Meteorological Service of Jamaica (MSJ)
Ladislaus Chang’a, Director of Research and Applied Meteorology, Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA)
Jorge Gastelumendi, Director, Global Policy, Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Erica Allis, Senior Programme Manager, Global Framework for Climate Services, WMO