COP27. Build the Future: Inclusive Infrastructure for Climate Action


Events facts

Infrastructure and Urban planning
Endogenous technologies
11 November 2022 - 6:00 pm > 7:30 pm EET

Event details

  • Themes: infrastructure, inclusion, gender equality, intersectionality, climate justice, climate mobility
  • Date: 11 November 2022, Climate Justice day
  • Time: 18:00 - 19:30 (GMT+2)
  • Duration: 90 minutes + 30 minutes set-up & egress
  • Venue: Blue Zone, Climate Mobility Pavilion
  • Audience capacity: 56 participants

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Every year, 21.5 million people are displaced due to weather-related hazards that are exacerbated by climate change. Women and marginalized groups, including indigenous peoples, people living in poverty, persons with disabilities and people living in small island developing states and least developed countries, are disproportionately at risk to the impacts of climate change - including displacement. Infrastructure has great potential to play a dual role in addressing issues of climate mobility and displacement: on one hand, infrastructure can help mitigate displacement by equitably providing protective services to people living in areas of high climate risk, and on the other hand, infrastructure can be inclusively delivered to both temporary and permanent relocation areas in order to uphold decent standards of living for climate refugees. 

How we develop infrastructure moving forward can have a profound impact on mitigating climate change-induced displacement and building a climate-resilient and sustainable future for all. As infrastructure is currently responsible for 79% of greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for 88% of all adaptation costs, we need to ensure that infrastructure is developed through the right solutions to combat climate change. We also need to ensure that these solutions encompass more social needs, as infrastructure influences the achievement of up to 88% of Sustainable Development Goal targets focused on delivering inclusive outcomes for women and marginalized groups. As global efforts are made to adapt systems for climate action, there is a need and opportunity to simultaneously mainstream inclusive principles in infrastructure development in order to build a resilient future for all.

Agreed upon at COP26, the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh Work Programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation highlights the need for inclusive climate action through country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and transparent approaches. This session will contribute to the discourse by presenting a model for inclusive infrastructure developed by UNOPS, as well as exploring how intersectional approaches and meaningful participation in infrastructure development can contribute to climate mobility and climate justice.


Event description

The session will be moderated by UNOPS, with participation of speakers from UN Women, UN CTCN, BRAC, and Commonwealth Secretariat. The session will focus on the nexus of infrastructure, inclusion, and climate action, particularly in relation to achieving inclusive development outcomes and climate justice for climate refugees and displaced people. The session aims to highlight the needs of climate refugees and marginalized groups in areas of high climate risk (represented by BRAC, Commonwealth Secretariat) and how these can be addressed to achieve inclusive and climate-compatible development through the perspective of UN agencies (represented by UNOPS, UN Women, UN CTCN). UNOPS will also launch its paper on Inclusive Infrastructure for Climate Action at the event.