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Building a climate-resilient and just future for all: managing cascading climate risk in global supply chains

How can we better manage the cross-border effects of climate change and spur opportunities for just approaches to adaptation that bring co-benefits at scale?

Supply chains are the arteries of the global economy. But how resilient are they to climate risk? And what role do they play in carrying risk between communities great distances apart? COVID-19 has brought the vulnerabilities inherent in our global trading systems into sharp relief – how impacts can leap from sector to sector and cascade from country to county – often hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the

Climate change can also catalyze such cascading effects – with both companies and communities bearing the brunt. Yet the way we plan adaptation often fails to reflect the realities of how risk is driven and distributed in the 21st century. And efforts to strengthen the resilience of supply chains could lead to the redistribution of vulnerability rather than its reduction

This dialogue will shine a spotlight on industry and explore actions to strengthen the resilience of global supply chains to better manage the cross-border effects of climate change. It will also reveal opportunities for just approaches to adaptation that bring co-benefits at scale. If our connections to each other expose us to the transboundary nature of climate risk, they also present an opportunity to shape an inclusive and sustainable path to the

Bringing together representatives from the private sector, civil society, governments and international organizations, the dialogue will accelerate the transition towards a collaborative and coordinated approach to adaptation and a climate-resilient and just future for


The event will be chaired by

  • Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment

Opening remarks by

  • Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion

Keynote speakers

  • Pema Gyamtsho, Director General of ICIMOD and former Minister of Agriculture and Forests for the Royal Government of Bhutan
  • Michihiro Oi, Director of International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Panel members

  • Ashley Allen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Oatly
  • Tom Howes, Head of Energy and Environment, International Energy Agency
  • Kevin Adams, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)


  • Eileen Gallagher, Associate Director, BSR


10 Nov 2020 @ 10:00 am

10 Nov 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours


Organised by

Stockholm Environment Institute

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