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How do We Build Inclusive Resilience – A Global Conversation

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Date(s) - 08/11/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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This conversation was hosted by Ms. Tasheen Jafry, Director, GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice during the second week of COP26. There were a host of speakers at the hybrid event.

Ms. Sheela Patel stated that we have to juxtapose the challenges climate change poses with the geographical dimensions related to them, which is where informality in cities comes into play. In terms of migration and informality, the governance structures shaping these phenomenon need to be transformative and work with communities to bring about change through their policies. When we talk of the youth, the largest section of vulnerable youth are in these informal settlements. These young people, and other sections of vulnerable communities have a right to make decisions for problems that affect them and become an equal part in response producing processes.

Andrew Nortan emphasised that high level pledges must be met with impact on the ground in order to build resilience among communities. In addition, looking at displacement through migration needs to be coupled with recognising and analysing social movements and their role in building resilience.

Tara Chiu spoke of the importance of making the best use of funds directed towards resilience building through evidence generation, not just resilient infrastructure but also for rebuilding people’s lives. We need to think about recovery as an enabling factor, for allowing people to make transformative investments.

There is also an underutilisation of research capacities. Research needs to be locally relevant and locally demanded. This research must also be transferred to local institutions rather than western institutions taking the onus of evidence generation. Therefore we also need to shift leadership local institutions working with local communities.

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