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Institute for Government
How can the UK be a global leader in climate adaptation?

Fri 30th July 2021, Online

Climate change is already devastating lives and livelihoods every year. With heatwaves, floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events becoming more common in the UK and around the world, all countries need to adapt and build resilience. So as the UK prepares to host COP26, the UK presidency has placed climate adaptation at the heart of its agenda.

COP26 is a huge opportunity for the UK. How can the UK government show leadership on climate adaptation, both internationally and domestically? How can countries provide support for people most vulnerable to the effects of climate change? What role can early warning systems play and how can this help inform approaches by policy makers and donors? And how can the UK both learn from other countries facing climate risks and share the lessons of its own experiences?

This panel event brings together experts from the UK and overseas to consider these and other questions:

  • Richard Blewitt, Executive Director International at British Red Cross
  • Rt Hon Baroness Brown, (Professor Dame Julia King), Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Committee and Chair of the Carbon Trust
  • Dr Jane Strachan, Head of International Applied Science at the Met Office
  • H.E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK

The event will be chaired by Marcus Shepheard, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government.