Anticipatory action events at COP26


Friday, 29th of October 2021 to Thursday, 11th of November 2021


Virtual and physical conference
Scottish Event Campus (SEC) Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, UK




In November, Glasgow will host COP26, with policymakers, scientists, practitioners and activists from across the planet gathering to debate and decide the next steps for tackling the climate crisis. 

Anticipatory action will be a recurring theme among many of these discussions. On this page you can find a list of relevant events for practitioners in this field.  

If you know of further events, please fill out this Google form and we will add them to this page. This page is is being updated with support from the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership.

COP26 Blue Zone Pavilion Events

The Blue Zone is a UN-managed space which hosts the negotiations. The space brings together delegations from 197 Parties, alongside observer organisations to share their stories at panel discussions, side events, exhibits, and cultural events.

8 November 2021

UK Pavilion REAP event: Welcome to 2025; where early action is the default 

This high-level event is being organised by the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP). It will take place in the UK Pavilion between 16:25 and 17:55 GMT.  

This event is an urgent call for ambitious commitments to avert and minimise loss and damage of climate change. The event will introduce reach/scale that risk-informed early action partnerships can make when organisations work together; it tells the story of global commitment and local leadership on early action, bringing the focus on current good practices from around the world.  


9 November 2021

EU Pavilion event: Why investing in scaling up gender-responsive climate action matter?

The event is co-organised by UNFPA, the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), InsuResilience Global Partnership (IGP), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Anticipatory Action Task Force (AATF), Anticipation Hub, CARE and ECHO. It will take place between 14:30 and 15:30 GMT.  

The event will bring together stakeholders in anticipatory action and risk financing to emphasize the need to consider the gender dimensions in Anticipatory Action on climate change and Disaster Risk Financing to prevent risks on women and girls. It will mobilize diverse stakeholders to build momentum and increase financing for gender smart approaches in Climate Action. 

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9 November 2021

GCF Pavilion Event: Early Warnings for Small Island Developing States – Bridging the Capacity Gap by 2030

This hybrid event is co-organised by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative and REAP. It will take place between 15:15 and 16:45 GMT.  

There is a unique opportunity to bridge the capacity gap in SIDS, to strengthen early warning systems and to accelerate adaptation with increased and better financing. Collective success includes adopting a gender-lens on all parts of the early warning value chain, as well as ensuring inclusivity – working closely with people living in poverty, displaced populations, disabled and people living in informal settlements. Initiatives, led by SIDS countries, in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, to scale-up early warning systems demonstrate the power of better aligned and integrated efforts by international development partners. The GCP and the CREWS initiative are concrete examples operating in all three regions.

Resilience Hub Events: Early Warning Early Action/ DRR Theme

The Resilience Hub programme focuses on increasing ambition and delivery of actions that help people, communities and businesses around the globe to adapt to the impacts of climate and build resilience. 

One of the themes of the Resilience Hub is Early Warning Early Action and Disaster Risk Reduction. This theme is being led by the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and Willis Towers Watson (WTW). 

Further details about the how to join the sessions will be added soon. 

More information here

3 November 2021

Anticipatory action for drought: making a difference for pastoralists and farmers in the Horn of Africa

This virtual session is organised by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). It will take place between 09:00 and 10:30 GMT 

Speakers will share insights on how weather forecast information and improved understanding of local communities’ needs can be used by humanitarian and development actors -and climate-vulnerable populations themselves- to significantly reduce human suffering and economic losses from climate-related shocks. They will address major outstanding program and policy questions for the Horn of Africa, including how external anticipatory action can best reinforce the adaptations of climate vulnerable populations; when during a crisis, external assistance can best strengthen existing local capacities and strategies; and what needs to be done differently for anticipatory action to be effective in fragile, conflict-affected contexts.

5 November 2021

Early warning early action and disaster risk reduction - Local experiences from Latin America

This virtual session is being organised by the Centro de Innovación Climática y Sostenibilidad (CICS). It will take place between 19:15 and 20:45 GMT (to be confirmed). 

Specific experiences from EWEA initiatives have underlined that risk assessments should factor in both systemic risks and risks from both climate- and non-climate-related hazards. Current good practice also emphasizes that EWEA needs to cover multiple sectors, and not be limited to humanitarian actors who have traditionally led much of the disaster risk reduction work. Finally, early action requires local interventions, tied back to national policies, strategies and plans to be scalable and sustainable. This session will offer the opportunity to highlight the experiences from across Latin America in connecting science, policy, community-level practice and innovation, and bring DRR and CCA policy makers and practitioners together.

8 November 2021

Enabling Early Action through Comprehensive Risk Management

This hybrid event is being organised by UNDRR. It will take place between 10:00 and 11:30 GMT.  

This session will offer the opportunity to highlight the synergies in risk analysis from both climate and non-climate hazards, connect science, policy, community-level practice and innovation, and bring DRR and CCA policy makers and practitioners together.

9 November 2021

Technological innovations that connect EWEA and DRR

This hybrid event is being organised by CREWS and REAP. It will take place between 9:15 and 10:45 GMT. 

This session will help present and launch new tools, data sets, financial innovation and best practices for tackling specific challenges related to the incorporation of early action mechanisms in DRR.

10 November 2021

Locally-led solutions to DRR and anticipatory action: challenges, lessons learned and ideas for scaling up.

This hybrid event is being organised by GNDR. It will take place between 15:15 and 16:45 GMT.  

This session will showcase locally-led and locally-owned solutions to climate adaptation, resilience building and early action, and it will engage participants in a discussion on how anticipatory action can be scaled up and institutionalised. From experiences of integrating communities’ perspectives into local and national DRR plans, to lessons learned in effective partnerships and communication to understand local priorities, to successes and challenges of implementing early warning early action.

10 November 2021

Humanitarians at the forefront: Scaling up climate action and finance flows to frontline communities

This hybrid event is being organised by Mercy Corps and IFRC. It will take place between 17:15 and 18:45 GMT. 

This session will convene governments and humanitarian and development actors in a practical discussion with the aim of stepping-up climate action and ensuring that climate finance flows to frontline communities. Specifically, the session will share perspectives from humanitarian actors and government officials about the links, missed opportunities and realities of accessing climate finance, present a unified humanitarian voice at COP26, demonstrate concrete initiatives that address the climate and environmental crises and provide a concrete “call to action” for government negotiators to take forward at COP26.

10 November 2021

DARAJA - Understanding and Scaling the Ultra Inclusive Early Warning Service in the Race to Resilience

This virtual event is organised by Resurgance. It will take place between 19:15 and 20:45 GMT. 

Understanding the anatomy of impact: How did a novel city and community forecasting service manage to attain a 98% early action rate from some of the most vulnerable residents of Nairobi? And how did achieve similar results in parallel in Dar es Salaam where 75% of residents surveyed said the DARAJA service saved them money and protected their assets? We are bringing together the award-winning pioneers of DARAJA - national weather forecasters, Red Cross climate scientists and community leaders - to tell the story of DARAJA, explain how you can join the DARAJA community and to announce a set of new scale-up partnerships that will contribute to the targets of REAP and the Race to Resilience.

Development and Climate Days: Early Warning Early Action Theme

Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) 2021 will take place on 9 and 10 November, and will see grassroots representatives, researchers, development practitioners and policymakers from all over the world discuss how to build a climate-resilient future for all. D&C Days will be held during the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

One of the themes of the D&C days is “Early warning, early action to leave no one behind” and is led by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. Recognising that too many people are left behind by global, national and subnational efforts to build EWEA systems, this theme explores how we can improve the framing, governance, financing and flexibility of EWEA to build equitable and effective disaster risk reduction locally and at scale. 

Further details about the how to join the virtual sessions will be added soon.  

More information here

9 November 2021

Unprecedented, widespread, and rapid: Is climate change being adequately accounted for in early warning early action?

This session (1B) is being organised by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance. It will take place between 08:30 and 10:00 GMT.  

9 November 2021

Leave no one behind: How can we build equitable early warning systems that enable effective early action? 

This session (3B) is being organised by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. It will take place between 14:30 and 16:00 GMT. 

This session will combine moments of self-reflection, thoughtful presentations and commentary, and offer space for solution building, with the aim to create lasting memories of the importance of this topic, and explore actionable ways in which this message can be taken to policy and practice.

10 November 2021

Can locally led anticipatory action be leveraged to address climate impacts at scale? 

This session (5B) is being organised by Start Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). It will take place between 08:30 and 10:00 GMT.  

10 November 2021

What scale-up? Disentangling the institutional enablers & barriers for early action

This session (6B) is being organised by the Anticipation Hub and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. It will take place between 12:00 and 13:30 GMT.


Early action offers an opportunity to break down the silos between humanitarian, climate and development sectors. Together, humanitarian actors can work in synergy with climate and development actors to enhance and protect development gains, while providing a faster, more efficient and more dignified humanitarian response ahead of shocks turning into crises. Many global initiatives are playing a crucial role in advocating for scaling up early action. However, more needs to be done to support scaling up at national and regional levels in government systems. Together we need to better disentangle the institutional enablers and barriers for integrating early action into national DRM and CCA laws, policies, programmes and plans, and learn from the experiences of the climate and development community.  

This page is is being updated with support from the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership.

More details on the individual sessions will be provided here soon.

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