UK centers international science and innovation partnerships in climate change response

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s Chief Science Advisor, spoke at Science & Innovation day at COP26 on November 9, 2021, highlighting the critical role of science in helping countries reduce emissions in line with international targets and adapting to the effects of climate change. Vallance emphasized the UK's involvement in several international science partnerships to further progress.

The UK's partnership commitments included working with:

  • Mission Innovation - Mission Innovation brings together a coalition of 22 governments and the European Union around a series of 'innovation missions' aimed at accelerating the development of clean technologies across key sectors responsible for global emissions. At the COP26, four new innovation missions were announced focusing on urban transitions, industry, carbon dioxide removal, and the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. 
  • Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) - This multistakeholder network with over 90 organizations across 30 economies brings together governments, research institutions, and communities to collaborate in building up the resilience of vulnerable communities experiencing the impacts of climate change.  As part of the UK's engagement in ARA, it announced a further £48 million (US$64 million) of development assistance funding for ARA's Climate Adaptation and Resilience research program (CLARE). This announcement brings the UK's total funding to CLARE to £100 million (US$134 million). CLARE is also funded by the Canadian government.
  • COP26 Health Programme  - This program involves the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), and the UNFCCC Climate Champions. The program is focused in part on developing sustainable low-carbon health systems. 47 countries representing one-third of global health care missions are participating in the project.

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