2 Nov 2019


Resilience Lab @ COP25

For the first time, COP 25 will feature the Resilience Lab, a focal point for future thinking approaches to creating a desirable world.

Discussions and events held within the Resilience Lab challenge participants to re-examine their assumptions and transcend the boundaries of mainstream thought on adaptation and resilience building. Speakers and attendees were asked to look beyond 2030 and introduce ideas or solutions that can scale up and transform adaptation efforts, or deploy disruptive frontier technologies in the service of maximising long-term resilience.

This initiative builds upon the inaugural Resilience Frontiers event, which took place in April 2019 during Korea Global Adaptation Week, and gathered one hundred thought leaders for five days of foresight and collective thinking on how to maximize long-term resilience to climate change. The event marked the launch of the Resilience Frontiers Initiative, which is a Nairobi work programme joint-action pledge under the UNFCCC, and an interagency effort coordinated by the UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with various United Nations agencies and other partners.

Eight distinct but interrelated pathways to a resilient future emerged from these exercises, ranging from ensuring universal and equitable access to frontier data technologies, to mainstreaming regenerative food production, to developing transformative financial instruments, and beyond.

Events within the Lab seek to map and identify entry points that would serve as building blocks for the transition to a resilient future as envisioned by the Resilience Frontiers pathways.

Recognising the visionary leadership and ingenuity of youth, each day of the Resilience Lab includes a youth-focused and youth-driven minilab. These minilabs open up a space for youth from different regions and backgrounds to share their ideas and insights about transformative adaptation and resilience related to the eight pathways. In turn, these ideas and insights will help inform how work on the Resilience Frontiers initiative is taken forward.

The Lab also features several opportunities for indigenous peoples to share their perspectives and ideas related to resilience building. In particular, their participation will shine a light on how indigenous values, knowledge, and practices foster a reciprocal relationship with nature that cares for the needs of both people and the natural support systems on which they depend.