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Pathways towards transformational climate action: connecting the worlds of research, evaluation and policy for action

Demonstrators fight climate change

Climate change is a defining issue of our time. It continues to threaten societies globally and its economic, social, and environmental impacts are a challenge for us all. The current status quo of societies’ unsustainable systems is a major factor in the problem. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly, and the world will struggle to get back on track with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

Transformational climate action will require collective action, learning and finding appropriate responses together. However, the worlds of research, evaluation, policy and action operate in silos in many instances, despite many interconnections and potential synergies in evidence production for adaptive, anticipatory and robust climate action. Many practical, political and structural barriers exist to improved collaboration and aligned networks across these fields.

This is the first dialogue, in a series of three, held two months before COP26 in Glasgow. We are bringing together about 50 participants from the worlds of policy, evaluation and research. It aims to clarify what the dimensions of transformational climate action are, situated in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed and exacerbated inequality, poverty, unemployment, and vulnerability.

Wilton Park reference number: WP1965V

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