Building resilience to the adverse effects of climate change requires a comprehensive approach and a long-term outlook, as will be discussed during NAP Expo and other events of the Korea Global Adaptation Week. Yet, how can we envision the whole spectrum of future risks without considering the tenets of the fourth industrial revolution, including implications of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, biotechnology and autonomous systems, among other drivers of change? How can we try and mitigate future risks without factoring in the possible evolution of emerging social trends powered by a sustainability ethos, such as local and organic production and consumption practices, as well as restorative design fueled by indigenous knowledge? How can we think long term without using the tools of futurists and foresight experts, and applying new skills to envision and co-create the future?

Resilience Frontiers is an interagency effort undertaken by the UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, EIT Climate-KIC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Water Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The event furthers the exploration of frontier issues launched by the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination. It marks the start of a collective intelligence process on how best to respond to the deep societal transformations driven by emerging technologies and new sustainability trends, and maximize our resilience to climate change beyond 2030. It will bring together 100 visionary thinkers and thought leaders from international organizations as well as non-profit, private and academic/research entities, for five days of collective learning and brainstorming sessions inspired by the Futures Literacy Laboratory framework developed by UNESCO and futur/io’s Moonshot approach.

Resilience Frontiers is organized with the advisory support of 4CF, futur/io, the gannaca global think tank group, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and UNESCO.

For further information, contact Ms. Laureline Krichewsky at


Left image: Murmuration by James Wainscoat

Center image: Earth and satellites by ESA

Right image: Snowy road by Gemma Evans