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Reaching for a resilient future: IDRC at COP25

November 28, 2019
IDRC is among the agencies proudly representing Canada at the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place in Madrid, Spain, from December 2–13.
IDRC / Karla Gachet

Climate change is a central part of IDRC’s programming. We believe research is crucial to any successful, long-term plan to mitigate the effects of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable. This is why, as an official UNFCCC observer agency, IDRC supports innovations that will help people and communities adapt to climate change.

Together with our grantees and partners, IDRC is participating in a range of activities during COP25, including special events, expert panels, workshops, and the 17th edition of the popular Development and Climate Days (D&C Days). More than 20 IDRC-supported researchers and partner organizations will share their work, highlighting how research investments foster innovation in climate adaptation, inform resilient and sustainable urban planning, and contribute to evidence-based policy development.

Building a resilient future for all means taking lasting action on climate change today — join the conversation on-site at COP25 or on social media.

IDRC activities at COP25

Capacity-building hub sessions
December 4–11 | UNFCCC Pavilion, Blue Zone

IDRC is participating in and co-hosting several sessions during this year’s hub, hosted by the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB). The hub at COP25 is designed to represent a rich diversity of voices, experiences, and topics relevant to climate-related capacity building. Established at COP24, the capacity-building hub is a space for representation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.

Capacity-building knowledge to action day
Friday, December 6 | UNFCCC Pavilion, Blue Zone

IDRC has partnered with PCCB to lead the capacity-building knowledge to action day (CBK2A Day). This year’s CBK2A Day is designed to strengthen the engagement of universities and research institutions in producing relevant knowledge and translating that knowledge into effective climate action at the national and sub-national levels. See the full agenda here.

9:00–11:00 am: Key messages and next steps

2:00–4:00 pm: Mobilizing research institutions and universities for climate action

5:30–7:00 pm: Lessons learned from practice

Local governments and cities day
Saturday, December 7 | UNFCCC Pavilion, Blue Zone

12:00–1:00 pm: City-level capacity-building for climate action

6:15–7:15 pm: Youth capacity-building in urban contexts

Capacity-building talks​
Wednesday, December 11 | UNFCCC Pavilion, Blue Zone

3:25–3:55: Science policy dialogues for greater climate action: Raising ambition and knowledge to action

Development and Climate Days 2019​

9:00 am–6:30 pm | Sunday, December 8 | Hilton Madrid Airport

Development & Climate (D&C) Days are held each year alongside the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This 17th annual D&C Days event will look to 2020, when countries are due to report on how they will meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement. Throughout the event, we will consider how transformation of systems, gender equity, lived experience and local knowledge, and transparency and downward accountability can help deliver a resilient future.

D&C Days 2019 is organized through partnership between IDRC, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and DevelopmentEIT Climate-KIC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Resilience PartnershipUnited Nations Disaster Risk Reduction, and the V20/G20 InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance.

Register for D&C Days 2019.

IDRC partner and grantee events

Integrating territorial information into local climate change adaptation processes in Latin America
Tuesday, December 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Chile Pavilion

Strengthening the participation of French-speaking African countries in climate negotiations and implementation of the Paris Agreement
Wednesday, December 4 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm | IFDD Pavilion

Climate Adaptation policies: closing the knowledge-action gap in Latin America
Wednesday, December 4 | 4:00 – 5:15 pm | Brazil Hub

Public private partnerships for nationally-determined contribution enhancement and implementation
Thursday, December 5 | Time TBC | NDC Pavilion

Climate adaptation action
Thursday, December 5 | 3:00–5:00 pm | India Pavilion

Multi-Stakeholder Driven Climate Action: The Role of Women and Marginalised Communities
Monday, December 9 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | India Pavilion

Addressing adaptation knowledge gaps in the Latin American Region
Monday, December 9 | 4:45–6:45 pm | Blue Zone, Room 3

Mainstreaming of gender in national adaptation planning and implementation
Tuesday, December 10 | Time & Location TBC

Incorporating gender, intercultural and intergenerational approaches in climate action
Wednesday, December 11 | 5:30–7:00 pm | Euroclima Pavilion

How we work: Investing in research for adaptation and resilience

IDRC is a pioneer and key funder of climate adaptation research for developing countries. Our climate programming focuses on practical, evidence-backed solutions to:

  • increase the climate resilience of small and medium cities;
  • facilitate innovation in the emerging field of climate finance; and
  • empower women and marginalized people as agents of change.

Climate finance 

Mobilizing the private sector to support adaptation


The resources required to address global adaptation are immense. IDRC invests in research on innovative financing mechanisms to mobilize the private sector — a  promising strategy to improve productivity, scale up success, and foster resilience.

Urban resilience 

Helping vulnerable city dwellers adapt to climate change

Centro de Apoyo a la Gestión Sustentable del Agua y el Medio Ambiente Agua Sustentable

As cities expand they face correspondingly greater pressure to deal with climate-related hazards and extreme events. IDRC identifies, develops, tests, and shares strategies across the Global South to help cities cope and to improve citizens’ lives.

Gender and social equity

Promoting inclusion to enhance climate resilience for all

IDRC | Bartay

The effects of climate change have the greatest impact on women, youth, Indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, and the poor. IDRC supports inclusive solutions to empower marginalized communities and to enhance the climate resilience of vulnerable people throughout the Global South.