The Race to Resilience is a global campaign led by the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action High-Level Climate Champions – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz –, launched in January 2021 to catalyse a step change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses, but thrive in spite of them.
The campaign aims to catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of 4 billion people from vulnerable groups and communities to climate risks, by 2030.
Through partner networks and initiatives, such as RegionsAdapt, the campaign focuses on helping frontline communities to build resilience and adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea-level rise.
RegionsAdapt, proud partner of the Race to Resilience, is the global initiative engaging subnational governments (states, regions and provinces) in the global effort of raising ambition in adaptation to tackle climate change.
Adapting communities and living environments to the impacts of climate change is no longer a choice. The UNFCCC has called for enhanced action on adaptation, highlighting that it must be addressed with the same priority as mitigation. To develop and implement effective adaptation strategies, all levels of government need to be engaged. Due to their key position between national and local levels, subnational governments facilitate coordination and policy coherence, innovate and develop ambitious plans and adaptation actions that are crucial for long-term resilience.
RegionsAdapt is a unique platform that inspires and supports subnational government in developing ambitious adaptation strategies, implementing concrete actions, and transparently reporting on their progress, while actively contributing to building resilience for regions’ most vulnerable communities with a multi-level governance approach. With 76 signatory members impacting over 300 million citizens RegionsAdapt is mobilising ambition on adaptation worldwide.
When regional governments engage with the RegionsAdapt initiative, they demonstrate their leadership in becoming part of the global solution to tackle climate change and automatically become part of the Race to Resilience by committing to:
Take stock of the current impacts of climate change in their territory by developing a vulnerability risk assessment that includes all vulnerable communities.
Plan, prioritize and adopt an ambitious adaptation plan and/or programme (mainstreaming adaptation into other sectoral policies) and including the most vulnerable, with interim targets and long-term goals.
Implement concrete actions on adaptation in key identified priority areas: Water resources and management; Resilience and disaster risk reduction; Agriculture and zootechnics; Forestry, protected areas and biodiversity; Infrastructure (including transport and energy) and territorial planning; Economic impacts and opportunities; and, Social adaptation and impacts.
Report annually on their progress through RegionsAdapt / CDP reporting platform to inform and improve policies and actions.
In 2021, RegionsAdapt is pledging at the initiative level, with the aim to, starting 2022, go deeper into our pledge by proposing a series of resilient actions per thematic working area that our member regions would need to work on and implement in order to comply with their commitment to the campaign. These resilient actions would then allow us to report in a more detailed, disaggregated manner to the Race to Resilience, per number of inhabitants and vulnerable communities that these actions are targeting and impacting. This will be done in partnership with technical experts such as BC3 and CDP.
As of October 2021, 76 regions from 29 countries in 5 continents support the Race to Resilience pledge and are delivering ambitious adaptation actions.
To learn more about those leading regions:
Regional governments interested in being part of the Race to Resilience can do so by joining the RegionsAdapt initiative and are required to:
Regions joining RegionsAdapt automatically become part of the Race to Resilience and pledge to implement the commitments mentioned above. Member regions benefit from the initiative’s support in enhancing their visibility, strengthening their capacities, and showcasing their leadership in adaptation and resilience.
Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, financial and educational institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero-carbon world in time. It was launched in 2019 and is the sibling campaign of Race to Resilience.
All members are committed to the same overarching goal: reducing emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement, with transparent action plans and robust near-term targets.
Led by the High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action Race To Zero mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 31 regions, 733 cities, 3,067 companies, 624 educational institutions, 173 investors, and over 3,000 hospitals from 37 healthcare institutions. All actors must meet stringent criteria which will bring them to the starting line to credibly race to zero emissions. These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Regions wishing to join the Race to Zero can contact Under 2 Coalition: www.theclimategroup.org/join-race-to-zero