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The COVID-19 crisis has been a wake-up call that our social and financial systems must be better prepared for the climate crisis. Building resilience to climate impacts will be critical to the efficacy of response and recovery efforts, yet climate-adaptation finance flows are at risk of falling sharply in the coming years at a moment when adaptation finance has never been more important. Cities in particular face cascading social, budgetary, and health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic alongside climate risks.

The Global Commission on Adaptation, the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, and CPI will host a webinar on to present the key findings from two recent policy briefs: An Analysis of Urban Climate Adaptation Finance and Adaptation Finance in the Context of COVID-19.

In addition to the presentations, there will be a panel discussion with leaders and experts working in the urban climate adaption finance space.

Barbara Buchner
Global Managing Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Nidhi Upadhyaya
Associate Director, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Atlantic Council

Morgan Richmond
Senior Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative


Felipe Larraín Bascuñán (moderator)
Former Finance Minister of Chile; Global Climate Finance Lead and Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Global Center on Adaptation

Nisha Krishnan
Climate Finance Associate, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute

Josué Tanaka
Visiting Professor in Practice, London School of Economics

Joep Verhagen
Lead, Water, Global Center on Adaptation

Kathy Baughman McLeod, Senior Vice President and Director, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Atlantic Council