The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance at COP27

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance and many of our members will be in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27 to share our expertise and evidence advocating for the needs of flood prone communities across the globe. Here’s where you can find out more about our activities, sign up for events, and view the research that we will be highlighting at this critical moment.

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The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP27, is taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 6th-18th November 2022. While some progress was made last year in Glasgow at COP26, climate finance remains inadequate and is not reaching the most vulnerable, such as those in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and fragile states.  

COP27 is an opportunity for addressing the gaps in funding for mitigation, adaptation and social protection, as well as confirming new and additional finance to address climate-related losses and damages.

What we’re doing

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is at COP27 to advocate for progress towards our vision of a world in which floods have no negative impact on people’s or businesses’ ability to thrive. Representatives from our partner organizations will use this moment to call for urgent action to support the communities most affected by the climate crisis.

More event details are still to be confirmed, so please check back closer to the start of COP27 for the latest information.

Blended Finance Solutions and Multi-stakeholder Partnerships to Scale Urban Water Resilience

Tuesday 8th November, 12.00-13.30 EET, Water and Climate COP27 Pavilion

Water is central not only for human health and ecosystem sustenance, but also the global economy – yet private sector investment in the water is low, even as climate-induced changes are intensifying the water cycle in ways that are exacerbating droughts and floods. Addressing water related needs, stresses and shocks in a manner that is low carbon and sustainable is therefore the biggest investment opportunity that will underpin all other development across the globe.

This session will showcase several initiatives and partnerships that are blending public and private investment and know-how in the pursuit of high-impact water resilience solutions. The Alliance’s Colin McQuistan (Head of Climate Resilience at Practical Action) will be on the panel for the discussion on ‘Accelerating Investments in Flood Resilience and Investing in Nature-Based Solutions for a More Resilient and Sustainable Society and Economy’.

This session will begin at 12.55 EET.

Unpacking the role and limits of humanitarian action in the face of rising losses and damages

Thursday 10th November, 18.30-20.00 EET, Memphis Room

Efforts to address climate-related losses and damages to date have been highly insufficient, and national and international humanitarian response systems are already overstretched and underfunded.

This COP27 side event – organised by Alliance partners IFRC, Mercy Corps, Concern Worldwide and Plan International – will explore the role of humanitarians can play, as well as showcasing some of the work that is already being undertaken to support vulnerable communities.

Hear from speakers including Dr. Farah Naureen, Mercy Corps’ Country Director for Pakistan; Carina Bachofen, Associate Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; Jen Hobbs, Deputy Director, Climate Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland; and Afsari Begum, Flood Resilience Programme Manager for Concern Worldwide in Bangladesh. 

Opening remarks will be provided by Khadeeja Naseem, State Minister of Environment Climate Change and Technology for the Republic of Maldives.

World Climate Summit Workshop – Scaling up Private Sector Engagement in Adaptation: Identifying Opportunities and Challenges for Multisectoral Partnerships

Monday 14th November, 14.30-15.30 EET, Park Regency, Sharm el-Sheikh

The World Climate Summit is the leading forum for business and investment-driven solutions to climate change. The Summit convenes leaders from government, business, civil society, international organizations and academia to address the key issues affecting public and private sector stakeholders in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, whilst achieving the Paris Agreement goals and the 2030 agenda.

This workshop, run by the Zurich Insurance Group, will explore the true potential of the private sector in adaptation programming. Participants will delve into interactive discussions to explore how their organizations can deploy their unique skills to avert, minimize and address the impacts of climate change.

Confirmed to speak at the event are Michael Szönyi, program lead for the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, and Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Global Director of Policy & Investments at the Resilient Cities Network.

Find out more

You can learn more about our research and evidence based on our community programmes in the resource library, or have a look at our blogs for case studies and the latest thoughts from our experts across the globe.

To keep up to date with our latest news from and activities at COP27 you can follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Get in touch

For media enquiries during COP27 please contact Andrew Duthie at

For more information about the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance and general enquiries about our presence at COP27, please get in touch at

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