Communities in the global south are losing everything to the climate crisis, yet their voices are rarely heard at decision-making tables. Here are their stories, experiences and insights - the farmers, fishers and community leaders at the frontline of the worst impacts.

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Innocent people living on the frontlines of the climate crisis are sparing no effort in the battle for survival - but there’s only so much adapting you can do with so few resources.

Join BRAC’s Executive Director Asif Saleh as he returns to Bangladesh’s coast ahead of COP28 to meet the people who have contributed the least but are paying the most.

The current climate finance system is not delivering. Join our COP28 official side event for insights into how we can improve efficiency and effectiveness of adaptation financing - connecting our global ambition to delivery at the local level.

Catch insights from BRAC experts at COP28

All times are Dubai, United Arab Emirates local time (GMT+4)

Time Topic Panellists Place
02:30 pm - 3:30 pm

(GMT+4)

Financing Loss and Damage Globally: Malawi and Scotland Climate Justice Leadership

Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC
Hamza Yousaf, First Minister of Scotland

Multilevel Action & Urbanisation Pavilion
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

(GMT+4)

The contribution of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) to the SDGs: the role of trade policy

Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC
Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD

Just Transition Pavilion
Time Topic Panellists Place
11.00 am - 12.30 pm

(GMT+4)

Climate-Resilient Floating Homes in Bangladesh: An example of Nature Based Solutions to Address Climate Change Loss and Damage

Dr Nandan Mukherjee, Research Fellow, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Dr Ainun Nishat, Professor, Emeritus and Advisor, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (Special Guest)

Bangladesh Pavilion
11.30 am - 12.30 pm

(GMT+4)

South x South Alliance

Ashley Toombs, Lead, Climate, BRAC and BRAC International

Isabel Whisson, Head, Policy Initiatives, BRAC and BRAC International

Solution Space, Pavillion, Blue Zone
Time Topic Panellists Place
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

(GMT+4)

Frontline Voices: Addressing Climate-Induced Migration in the World’s Most Vulnerable Nations

Dr Golam Rabbani, Head of Climate Bridge Fund at BRAC

SE Room 3
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

(GMT+4)

Implementing locally-led climate action at scale

Moniruzzaman Khan, Programme Head of Climate Change programme at BRAC

Kenya Pavilion
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

(GMT+4)

From Climate Induced Migrant to Resilient Community in South Asia

Moniruzzaman Khan, Programme Head of Climate Change programme at BRAC

SE Room 3
Time Topic Panellists Place
4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

(GMT+4)

Financing Locally Led Adaptation – How to Translate Global Ambition into Local Impact

Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC.

Moniruzzaman Khan, Programme Head, Climate Change programme, BRAC

Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh, Head, Thought Leadership and Content, BRAC.

Dr Golam Rabbani, Head, Climate Bridge Fund, BRAC

Ashley Toombs, Lead, Climate, BRAC and BRAC International

Isabel Whisson, Head, Policy Initiatives, BRAC and BRAC International

SE Room 2
Time Topic Panellists Place
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

(GMT+4)

Reimagine Green Jobs Collage

Sadia Jahan Rothi, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Children and Youth Pavilion
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

(GMT+4)

From Rhetoric to Reality: Driving Action Through Stories + Partnerships

Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh, Head of Thought Leadership and Content at BRAC

Entertainment and Culture Pavilion
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

(GMT+4)

Green Accountability: Amplifying citizen voices for equitable and effective climate finance

Dr Golam Rabbani, Head of Climate Bridge Fund at BRAC

Resilience Hub Pavilion
Time Topic Panellists Place
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

(GMT+4)

Housing and Climate Adaptation for the Most Vulnerable Populations

Dr Golam Rabbani, Head of Climate Bridge Fund at BRAC

SE Room 9
2:15 pm

(GMT+4)

Roots of Resilience: The ECD Imperative in a Climate-changing World

Erum Mariam, Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University

Connect Conference Centre
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

(GMT+4)

Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development

Sadia Jahan Rothi, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Istiak Ibne Rouf, Expert, Climate Finance, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Greening Education Partnership Pavilion at Green Zone
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

(GMT+4)

Gender-Inclusive Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Action in Bangladesh

Dr Ainun Nishat, Professor, Emeritus and Advisor, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Istiak Ibne Rouf, Expert, Climate Finance, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Roufa Khanum, Assistant Director, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Coordinator, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Bangladesh Pavilion
4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

(GMT+4)

Action for Forced Climate Displacement: A Lifecycle Approach to Intervene at Source and Destination

Dr Ainun Nishat, Professor, Emeritus and Advisor, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Roufa Khanum, Assistant Director, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Coordinator, BRAC Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research

SE Room 8
Time Topic Panellists Place
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

(GMT+4)

Policy into Action: innovative adaptation for climate resilient development

Dr Golam Rabbani, Head of Climate Bridge Fund at BRAC

SE Room 5

We’re all impacted by the climate crisis, but we have very different levels of vulnerability. Being able to adapt is crucial, and urgently needs to be funded better. For the impacts that are already too severe to adapt to, we also need funding for loss and damage. Both adaptation and loss and damage initiatives need to be locally-led, and funding needs to get to the ground. We need to use that funding to invest in scaling up proven solutions, and we need to rethink risk - and return.

The biggest risk is business as usual.

We know how to adapt, but the funding doesn’t. Developing countries are receiving 3% of the money they need to adapt to the climate crisis. 3 stories for 3mm of sea level rise tells the stories of the people who are paying for the other 97%.



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On tides of climate change, adaptability buoys hope

Christian Science Monitor, November 2023

Global heating could displace 216 million people by 2050, and low-lying Bangladesh and its children are among the world’s most vulnerable. Children in Bangladesh are growing up amidst this crisis, with no option but to continually adapt to it. They also have many solutions, though - this piece follows their stories.

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Bangladesh is an example that climate adaptation can work, but it needs to be better financed and better implemented. Three principles are crucial - that adaptation is a nexus of development-humanitarian-climate programming, that special attention is given to the most vulnerable communities and that adaptation is locally-led.



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