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Paris, 30 November 2015 — A new initiative to build climate resilience in the world’s most vulnerable countries was launched today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 13 members within the UN system at COP21, the Paris Climate Conference. The new initiative will strengthen the ability of countries to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks, and reshape development to reduce climate risks.

The newly announced initiative, the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative A2R — Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape — will help address the needs of the nearly 1 billion people, or a seventh of the global population, who live in at-risk coastal areas just a few meters above rising seas, as well as those living in areas at risk of droughts, floods, storms and other climate-related risks.

15 November 2016 – As the United Nations Climate Conference under way in Marrakech, Morocco, (COP 22) is discussing implementation of the Paris Agreement, the UN is also seeking to build climate resilience through the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s resilience initiative called A2R (Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape), launched a year ago.

15 November 2016 – As the United Nations Climate Conference under way in Marrakech, Morocco, (COP 22) is discussing implementation of the Paris Agreement, the UN is also seeking to build climate resilience through the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s resilience initiative called A2R (Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape), launched a year ago.

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The UN Secretary-General's new Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R) is a global, multi-stakeholder platform aiming to accelerate action to strengthen climate resilience in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  It forges synergies between different climate change adaptation efforts, as well as humanitarian, disaster risk reduction and development interventions, ultimately enhancing three fundamental capacities critical to climate resilience: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape 

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Anticipate

 

The capacity to better anticipate and act on climate hazards and stresses through early warning and early action.

 
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Absorb

 

The capacity to absorb shocks by increasing access to climate risk insurance and social protection systems.

 
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Reshape

 

The capacity to reshape development pathways by transforming economies to reduce risks and root causes of vulnerabilities and support the sound management of physical infrastructure and ecosystems to foster climate resilience.

 

EVENTS

14/11/2016

Second meeting of the A2R Leadership Group on the margins of COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

07 - 18/11/2016

The A2R Initiative is contributing to various events during the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties, COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

24/09/2016

First official meeting of the A2R Leadership Group on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. (Agenda of the first A2R LG meeting)

23/09/2016

High-Level Launch of the A2R Leadership Group by the UN Secretary-General in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. (open the flyer to see more information about venue, time and composition of the A2R Leadership Group)

For queries, please send an email to info@a2rinitiative.org

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COMMUNICATION MATERIAL

A2R Brochure (PDF version)

Reshaping development pathways towards climate resilience

HELP US SOLVE SOME OF OUR MOST DIFFICULT PROBLEMS.

  In Partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab, we are launching the first of a series of challenges for A2R.

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"These are the people who did the least to cause climate change, yet they stand to lose their homes, their jobs, and even their lives because of the growing impacts of climate change.  That is why I have asked the UN system to put together a package of initiatives to address this urgent need."

- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon