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IDRC is among the agencies proudly representing Canada at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), October 31 – November 12, 2021, in Glasgow.  

As an official UNFCCC observer agency, IDRC supports research to generate innovative, evidence-backed solutions for vulnerable people in developing countries. Our aim? To foster a more equitable, inclusive, and resilient future, while building capacity among future climate leaders to apply this knowledge.  

Together with our grantees and partners, IDRC is participating in a range of activities during COP26, including special events, expert panels, and workshops. IDRC-supported researchers and partner organizations will share their work, highlighting how research investments foster innovation in climate adaptation and contribute to evidence-based policy development. 

Accelerated, global action on climate change is needed to avoid catastrophic impacts. In the face of the climate crisis, targeted development research is urgently needed now — and it is essential that research voices from the Global South are heard.  

Building a resilient future for all means taking lasting action on climate change today. 

IDRC and partner activities at COP26 

Monday, November 1  

Forests and people: How can REDD+ support Indigenous and local forest communities 

10:00 – 11:00 GMT | UK Pavilion 

World Leaders Summit event: Closing the action gap: addressing climate risks in fragile and conflict-affected settings, and the need for multi-agency collaboration and coordination  

17:00 – 18:00 GMT | Resilience Hub 

Hosted by Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) 

Tuesday, November 2  

Launch of Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet 

19:30 – 21:00 GMT | UK Pavilion  

Hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and partners 

Wednesday, November 3 

Unlocking investments to deliver equitable nature-based solutions for a green, healthy and resilient future 

11:30 – 12:30 GMT | EU Pavilion 

From paper to practice: Universities' role in generating actionable solutions for the climate crisis  

14:45 – 15:45 GMT | Paris Agreement Capacity-building Hub 

Hosted by the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) 

Thursday, November 4  

Climate change and migration in the Sudano-Sahel region  

8:45 – 9:45 GMT | Resilience Hub 

Hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) 

Transboundary climate adaptation risks  

9:00 – 10:00 GMT | Resilience Hub 

Hosted by Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) 

Aligning long-term low-carbon climate-resilient development strategies with NDCs and NAPs in the agriculture sector in Africa  

11:00 – 12:30 GMT | Africa Pavilion  

Hosted by the African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) 

Minimising loss and damage from internal displacement in Bangladesh  

15:00 – 16:30 GMT | Bangladesh Pavilion 

Hosted by the Government of Bangladesh 

Building capacity and tracking climate action to empower women and girls  

15:00 – 16:15 GMT | Lock Lomond Auditorium, Blue Zone 

Hosted by Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA), and SouthSouthNorth 


Friday, November 5 

Don’t we deserve better? Youth voices on building back better 

17:00 – 18:00 GMT | Resilience Hub 

Hosted by the Youth Climate Lab (YCL) with IDRC 

Saturday, November 6 

Bridging the gap on finance for nature-based solutions – collaboration and innovation for adaptation leadership in the Global South  

10:15 – 11:45 GMT | Resilience Hub 

Hosted by Impulsouth (AVINA) 


Monday, November 8 

Climate risk assessment  

8:00 – 9:00 GMT | UK Pavilion 

Hosted by UK Met Office and Defra 

Mapping private sector (SME) capacity-building needs in Africa and Asia 

10:15 – 11:15 GMT | Paris Agreement Capacity Building Hub 

Hosted by the UNFCCC Secretariat and IDRC 


Tuesday, November 9 

Women count: Achieving gender equality through improved monitoring and reporting  

17:00 – 18:00 GMT | UK Presidency Pavilion e  

Hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) 

Research directions and learning agendas for adaptation  

18:00 – 19:00 GMT | WMO/IPCC Pavilion 

Hosted by the World Adaptation Science Programme 

Wednesday, November 10 

Knowledge for transformative action towards a resilient future  

13:15 – 14:15 GMT | Resilience Hub  

Hosted by Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and African Center for Technology Study (ACTS) 

Capacity building – does one size fit all? The effectiveness of varied approaches to supporting the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)  

13:30 – 14:30 GMT | Paris Agreement Capacity Building Hub  

Hosted by Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) 

Building capacity towards NDC implementation and the global stocktake: Innovative solutions from the Global South  

14:45 – 15:45 GMT | Paris Agreement Capacity Building Hub  

Hosted by ImpulSouth (AVINA) 

Results-Oriented Adaptation Research (ROAR) and Launch of Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) 

17:30 – 18:30 | South Africa Pavilion, Blue Zone  

Hosted by ARA and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 

Top image: PANOS | Nyani Ouarmyne