Resilience Frontiers

RESILIENCE FRONTIERS

기후변화의 회복탄력성, 그 경계를 넘어서다

Building resilience to the adverse effects of climate change requires a comprehensive approach and a long-term outlook. Yet, how can we envision the whole spectrum of future challenges and opportunities without considering the tenets of the fourth industrial revolution, including implications of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and biotechnology? How can we try and mitigate future risks without factoring in the possible evolution of emerging social trends powered by a sustainability ethos, such as local and organic production and consumption practices? How can we think long term without using the tools of futurists and foresight experts, and applying new skills to envision and co-create the future? How can we enhance our creativity and develop our sensitivity to the world without engaging with artists? How can we conceive of a climate-resilient future for the world ecosystem without being mindful?

Cover photo: Gemma Evans

ABOUT
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INITIATIVE

The Resilience Frontiers Initiative is a Nairobi work programme joint-action pledge under the UNFCCC, and an interagency effort coordinated by the UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, EIT-Climate-KIC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Water Partnership, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

The Resilience Frontiers Initiative addresses how to maximize our resilience to climate change beyond 2030 by addressing opportunities and challenges in harnessing the potential of disruptive frontier technologies and emerging social trends towards sustainability. It consists of a two-year collective intelligence process, which was kick-started by Resilience Frontiers 2019, a brainstorming conference hosted by the Korean Government from 8 to 12 April, 2019. It contributes to furthering the exploration of frontier issues launched by the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination.

PROGRESS TO DATE

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

  1. Building on local and indigenous practices and knowledge, as well as inclusive public dialogues, to foster a “nature-first” global culture 
  2. Enabling life-long learning in environmental stewardship

II) Retooling global cooperation to effectively respond to future climate risks

  1. Ensuring universal equitable coverage of, and open-access to, (big) data and information relevant to climate resilience
  2. Facilitating conservation, restoration and equitable management of natural resources, particularly in regard to water resources and biodiversity
  3. Facilitating the equitable governance and multilevel coordination of both intra-national and international human mobility associated with the adverse effects of climate change

III) Transforming sectoral approaches to sustain long-term regenerative resilience

  1. Countering climate impacts on public health and wellbeing through a holistic ecosystem approach to health
  2. Mainstreaming regenerative food production capabilities, including precision agriculture, especially among smallholders, to generate nutritious food for all
  3. Developing innovative financial instruments (including fiscal incentives) to regenerate nature and ensure the sustainable use of resources at the local level

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.

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Resilience Frontiers 2019

Resilience Frontiers 2019 was the launchpad event of the Resilience Frontiers Initiative and took place during the Korea Global Adaptation Week from 8-12 April 2019. It brought together 100 visionary thinkers and thought leaders for five days of collective thinking and brainstorming inspired by the Futures Literacy Laboratory framework developed by UNESCO and futur/io’s Moonshot approach.

 
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