UNDRR’s Call to Action at COP27
Zero Climate Disasters by 2030
Global emissions are not being brought down to safe levels, resulting in nearly half of humanity now living in the danger zone of severe climate impacts.
If we continue this trajectory, by 2030, the world will face some 560 disasters per year and an additional 100.7 million people could be pushed into poverty by the impacts of climate change and disasters.
The increasing severity and frequency of climate shocks and stresses, deepening vulnerability and inequality, are creating far more climate risk and losses than humanity can cope with.
Yet, disasters do not have to devastate.
Climate related hazards are rapidly growing, but we can and must reduce vulnerability and exposure so that hazards, such as floods or cyclones, do not turn into extreme events and disasters or lead to substantial losses and damages.
1Boost political commitment to mitigation and funding for adaptation
We call for COP27 delegates to inject #zeroclimatedisasters by 2030 into these deliberations, to guide the ambition and accelerate the pace of resilience building on the ground.
We call on G20 nations to align the ambition of climate plans with the reality we face. We must rein in unchecked greenhouse gas emissions to meet the 1.5-degree target as an urgent global priority and for stakeholders to commit to the “Race to Zero” campaign.
• We call on global decision-makers to uphold the commitment to double adaptation and DRR finance to vulnerable countries to reduce climate and disaster-related risks.
2Double down on global efforts to reduce vulnerability, poverty, and inequality, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
• We call on Member States to prioritise their commitments to achieving the SDGs, especially reduction of poverty and inequality, while urgently addressing climate vulnerability with a focus on the most vulnerable countries and communities.
3Scale up effective Comprehensive Risk Management
We call on national and local governments to integrate disaster and climate and related strategies, plans and financing, with clear goals to achieve #zeroclimatedisasters by 2030.
We call on global decision-makers to uphold the commitment to double adaptation and DRR finance and deliver on the ground with and for the communities who need it most..
We call for climate finance directed to fragile and highly vulnerable countries to mitigate climate and disaster related risks, and to reduce the compounding vulnerability emanating from the intersection of fragility and climate change.
We call for Member States to urgently implement the Santiago Network, as a key mechanism to catalyse technical assistance to avert, minimise and address climate-related losses and damages. UNDRR and the Centre of Excellence for Climate and Disaster Resilience stand ready to support this implementation through its normative tools, guidance, and technical assistance.
4Prioritise inclusive local action and community engagement
We call on Member States to increase the volume of devolved and decentralized funding provided to local levels to implement local resilience solutions.
We call on climate finance providers to make flexible resourcing mechanisms available to non-governmental stakeholders to enable the full and meaningful participation in resilience building of all stakeholders, particularly those traditionally excluded from decision-making.
We reiterate the UN Secretary-General’s call for climate justice for all, directing resources to those highly vulnerable countries facing climate impacts that cannot be mitigated.
5Early warning and action for all by 2027
We call for universal early warning coverage in the next five years, as a key means to preparing the communities to act before disasters strike.
We call for the universal availability of high-quality data to strengthen multi-hazard early warning systems, particularly in LDCs, SIDS and African countries.
This campaign seeks to ramp up global efforts to tackle vulnerability and exposure to climate risks, with a focus on those countries and communities on the frontlines of the climate emergency.
We need a two-track approach to reach #ZeroClimateDisasters: slow down climate change by reducing emissions while at the same time accelerate action on climate change adaptation to reduce the risk of climate-related disasters. We require integrated policies, programming, and financing to transform our systems to be highly adaptive, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability. We have the tools at our disposal but need greater political will and funding to meet the scale of the emergency.
We know that when technical capacity and resources are put into reducing disaster and climate risk, it pays off. Guided by our collective targets under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, the world is managing to significantly reduce disaster mortality and other losses.
But climate change is outpacing our action - climate impacts are hitting earlier and harder than expected, resulting in the avoidable loss of lives and livelihoods, especially in those communities facing recurrent climate impacts. Progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is way off track, increasing our vulnerability to climate risk and dragging the most vulnerable into a spiral of disasters and greater setbacks.
We need to do more, differently, and together to end climate related disasters. We know what needs to be done to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of the millions of people. Now is the time to do it.
Monday, 7 November
- High-Level Roundtables
Time: 13:30 - 15:30 Location: TBC
- DRR Thematic Event: Scaling up Comprehensive Risk Management to avert, minimize and address losses and damages
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 Location: Resilience Hub Organizers: UNDRR, IFRC
- High-Level launch of the Early Warning for All Executive Action Plan
Time: 16:00 - 18:00 (TBC) Location: TBC Organizers: WMO
- Launch of International Drought Resilience Alliance
Time: 17:00 Location: MR25 Organizers: Spain, Senegal, UNCCD
Tuesday, 8 November
- Climate Implementation Summit High-Level Roundtables: Water security (participation by Heads of UN orgs)
Time: 12:00 - 14:00 Location: MR25
- Catalysing investments for the operationalization of MHEWS and Early Action in Africa
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 Location: Africa Pavilion Organizers: Mozambique
- DRR Thematic Event: Investing in resilience
Time: 15:30 - 16:30 Location: Resilience Hub
- High-level reflection dinner on Climate and Security at COP27
Time: 19:00 Location: TBC Organizers: Munich Security Conference
- Technical Dialogue: Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement
Time: 16:00 - 19:00 Location: TBC Organizers: UNFCCC
Wednesday, 9 November
- UN4NAPs side event
Time: 11:30 - 13:00 Location: TBC Organizers: UNFCCC
- A Roadmap for Resilience: Financing Climate Action to Address Vulnerability, Food Security and Human Mobility
Time: 13:15 - 14:45 Location: Khufu Organizers: IOM, COE
Thursday, 10 November
- Thematic Day: Disaster Risk Reduction
Time: 09:00 - 18:00 Location: Water Pavilion Organizers: UNDRR & IWMI
- Understanding Risk in a Changing Climate
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 Location: EU Pavilion Organizers: UNDRR
- Localised Solutions to Reduce Climate Induced Loss & Damage for the Most Vulnerable
Time: 11:30 - 13:00 Location: Memphis Organizers: Nadam Foundation, UNDRR-SEM, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF)
- Localised Financing for Climate Change Adaptation – Reducing Loss & Damage and Inequity Cycles
Time: 11:30 - 13:00 Location: TBC Organizers: Fundación Avina, UNDRR-SEM, FLACSO, GII
- Side Event: Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism
Time: 13:15 - 14:45 Location: TBC Organizers: UNFCCC
- COE Event: Moving back from the edge: Transformational interventions in highly vulnerable and fragile areas to address water stress
Time: 17:00 - 18:00 Location: Water Pavilion Organizers: COE
- Protecting education systems again the impact of climate change
Time: 17:00 - 18:00 Location: Green Zone: GADRRRES / UNESCO
Friday, 11 November
- From talk to action: scaling up innovative finance and solutions for accelerated adaptation in LDCs, SIDS and African Nations
Time: 13:15 - 14:45 Location: Room 3 Hatshepsut Organizers: UNCDF, with UNITAR, UNHABITAT, UNDRR
- Climate-resilient Food Systems and Peace: Exploring the Interconnections
Time: 15:00 -16:30 Location: Thutmose Room Organizers: CRFS Alliance
- Scaling-up early warning and early action through comprehensive disaster and climate risk management
Time: 15:00 -16:30 Location: Room 3 Hatshepsut Organizers: UNDRR, WMO, REAP Target 1 Concept note
- Resilience & Digitalization Panel + Future of Resilience Reception
Time: 19:00 - 22:30 Location: Movenpick Hotel Organizers: Resilient Cities Network
Saturday, 12 November
- From COP27 to the UN 2023 Water Conference: Accelerating action on water and adaptation
Time: 11:30 - 13:00 Location: Blue Zone, Room Khufu Organizers: Netherlands, Tajikistan, SIWI
- Making Cities Resilient 2030 Resilience Hubs: From Risk to Resilience – building a Local Climate of Success
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 Location: Blue Zone Organizers: Egypt Government
- Insurance Solutions for Supporting Recovery After Disasters and Climate Shocks
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 Location: World Bank Pavilion Organizers: IDF and the World Bank Group/MIGA
- Urban Resilience and Climate Change Roadmap – Making Cities Resilient 2030 Programme
Time: 15:00 - 15:45 Location: UAE Pavilion Organizers: UNDRR, UNHABITAT, UAERC Office
Time: 18:00 - 19:30 Location: Tonino Lamborghini Hotel – Adjacent to Blue Zone Organizers: IDF and the World Bank Group/MIGA
- Evening Reception: Early action for climate adaptation
Time: Location: UK Pavilion Organizers: REAP
Monday, 14 November
- Insuring for Resilience - Moving Beyond Traditional Risk Management and Response to Insure for Resilience
Time: 11:30- 12:30 Location: Park Regency Hotel Organizers: World Climate Foundation
- Launch of Global Shield Against Climate Risks
Time: 12:00- 13:00 Location: V20/CVF Pavilion Organizers: G7/V20
- The African Multilateral System for Crisis and Risk Management and Environmental Disaster Risk Reduction
Time: 12:00- 13:00 Location: Blue Zone Organizers: Government of Egypt
- The Humanitarian-Development-Climate Nexus in the Sahel. Bottom-up and country-based approaches for long-term resilience
Time: 13:15 - 15:00 Location: LLA Pavilion Organizers: UNCDF
- Plenary Session - Climate Adaptation for extreme weather events and prolonged droughts
Time: 14:15 - 15:30 Location: TBC Organizers: Egypt Presidency
Tuesday, 15 November
- DRR Thematic Event: What does success look like for universal early warning coverage and effective AA for all? (World café format)
Time: 17:00 - 18:00 Location: Resilience Hub Organizers: REAP, UNDRR
- Rising up from Drought together: Towards global action for drought resilience
Time: 18:30 - 20:00 Location: Osiris Room Organizers:UNCCD with FAO, UNEP, UNDRR, GEF, OECD, ICRAF
Wednesday, 16 November
- No Solution for Me, Without Me: UN’s Efforts on Climate Justice through Local Action in Cities
Time: 13:15 - 14:45 Location: Room 3 Hatshepsut Organizers: UNHABITAT, UNCDF, UNU-EHS, UNDRR, UNEP, UNDP
Thursday, 17 November
- Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change [Launch of Sustainable Urban Resilience for the Next Generation (SURGe)]
Time: TBC Location: TBC Organizers: Egypt, UNHABITAT
Friday, 18 November
- Resolution Day: Report back from thematic days
Time: TBC Location: Water Pavilion Organizers: Egypt, SIWI