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Virtual Resilience Lab Part II – Retooling cooperation to effectively respond to future climate risks

Resilience Frontiers is a foresight-driven initiative and aims at harnessing the potential of paradigm-shifting frontier technologies and emerging social trends towards long-term global resilience. The initiative responds to the deep societal transformations and maximizes our collective resilience to complex challenges including climate change beyond 2030.  

Resilience Frontiers is convening the Virtual Resilience Lab series between July and September 2020, as a continuation of its effort to engage global thought leaders. The outputs from this series will feed into the road mapping phase of the initiative. 

Part I of the Virtual Resilience Lab series took place on 29-30 July, where thought leaders from all over the world discussed positive values and opportunities to foster lifelong learning to ensure environmental stewardship. 

Following the successful launch of part I, we are excited to announce part II of the series, which will take place on 2-3 September and focus on ‘Retooling global cooperation to effectively respond to future climate risks’. This two-day event will cover the following topics, which correspond to three pathways (among eight) of the Resilience Frontiers:

  • Pathway 3: Ensuring universal equitable coverage of and open access to, big data and information, and related benefits to human well-being
  • Pathway 4: Managing water and other natural resources in an equitable and participatory way
  • Pathway 5: Managing transboundary considerations equitably

This is an opportunity us to collectively and continuously explore ways to rectify the human-nature interface and pave the way to a resilient future for all.  

We would like to invite you to: 

  1. Register for part II of the Virtual Resilience Lab series; 
  2. Participate in part II live event on September 2-3 and share your views; and  
  3. Become an active contributor to the Resilience Frontiers discussions. 



Agenda item

Details/questions/ responsibilities

Wednesday, 2 September 2020


Welcome remarks


Objectives and expectations (via Mentimeter)

Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC secretariat


An introduction to Futures Literacy

Loes Damhof, Hanze University


Scenarios of probable and desirable futures for each pathway

Recap of part I of the Virtual Resilience Lab Series

Leads of Pathway 3, 4 and 5

Leads of Pathway 1 and 2



Andrew Zolli, Planet Inc.


Facilitated plenary open discussion:

Bright lights

Facilitator tbc


Introducing slack and how we are using the tool

Thursday, 3 September 2020


Aha moments from the first day – open discussion


Purpose of the next group discussion

Leads of Pathway 3, 4 and 5

14:15 – 14:45

Break out group discussion 1: Validating and refining the storylines

3 break out groups (one per pathway)


Break out group discussion 2: Proposed upstream actions

3 break out groups (one per pathway)


Highlights of the group discussion and reactions


Where do we go from here? How can you stay involved?

Reminder of RF digital discussion forums (Slack, LinkedIn, Social media, RF website)


Information on part III of the Virtual Resilience Lab Series

15:45 – 15:50

Final words

Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC secretariat