During Resilience Frontiers 2019, around 100 visionary thinkers and interdisciplinary thought leaders from around the world co-created visions of a desirable climate-resilient future in 2030 and beyond. The visions helped identify three cross-cutting objectives and eight possible interrelated pathways that will serve as a starting point for a follow-up collective intelligence process to define policy-relevant roadmaps. In parallel, a nexus of supporting experts has been set up. The outcomes of these processes will feed into the work on enhancing ambition and implementation in relation to adaptation to climate change both within the UN system as well as in other institutions engaged in resilience.
The 2030 visions for future resilience co-created at Resilience Frontiers 2019 break away from traditional approaches to adaptation to climate change through a transformative and regenerative approach to climate resilience. In those visions, a global change in consciousness towards a “nature-first” culture fosters a (re-)connection to the global ecosystem, which drives individuals and societies to assume their responsibility in the stewardship of nature. The health of ecosystems, including all living beings, is understood as both a central condition and core criterion for human resilience to climate change, and thus for human security worldwide. A global system change translating into new forms of habitats as well as social and economic practices enables the continuous regeneration of societies, economies and ecosystems. This takes place against the backdrop of applied frontier technologies and retooled financial systems. At the same time, equitable access to data becomes a global public good and fosters inclusive public dialogues.
The following cross-cutting objectives and possible interrelated pathways to achieve the visions were identified:
I) Fostering a “nature-first” global culture to ensure environmental stewardship
- Transforming humanity’s interface with nature, building on indigenous values
- Applying lifelong learning for environmental stewardship
II) Retooling global cooperation to effectively respond to future climate risks
- Ensuring universal equitable coverage of, and open-access to, (big) data and information,
and related benefits to human wellbeing
- Managing water and other natural resources in a participatory and equitable way
- Managing transboundary considerations equitably
III) Transforming sectoral approaches to sustain long-term regenerative resilience
- Optimizing future health and wellbeing using a holistic and ecosystem-centred approach
- Mainstreaming regenerative food production
- Developing transformative financial instruments
The follow-up roadmapping process will be undertaken by consortia of relevant stakeholders, so as to articulate, by 2020, preliminary policy-relevant roadmaps. This effort will be carried out in a decentralized, coordinated and iterative manner, and will mobilize innovative methods, including transdisciplinary dialogues involving public and private partners as well as civil society. The objective of this roadmapping exercise is to refine policy-relevant pathways and identify milestones towards attaining the cross-cutting objectives, building on in-depth consideration of opportunities and challenges associated with the evolving techno-economic paradigm and the new sustainability ethos.
Relevant experts who would like to learn more about this roadmapping exercise, and/or be part of the Resilience Frontiers nexus, are invited to contact the UNFCCC secretariat below.