Ōtautahi Christchurch will host scientists and changemakers in October 2025 for the United Nations’ Adaptation Futures Conference.
The summit is held every two years worldwide and helps prepare nations, cities, and communities for the effects of climate change.
The week-long event is set to bring 1500 participants to the city, held at the award-winning Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.
The conference will establish hubs in Africa, South America, and the Pacific to minimise the summit’s total carbon footprint, and will also be available to attend online.
The seventh Adaptation Futures Conference ended in Montreal recently, where host duties were formally handed to New Zealand officials.
The University of Canterbury will host the event with regional Oceania and international partners.
Per the conference’s website, AF2025 proposes five special cross-cutting themes to advance climate adaptation knowledge.
The first theme is Indigenous innovation – Indigenous leadership and knowledge for transformation.
The next is a focus on cities, settlements, and infrastructure – climate-resilient development solutions for urban governments and communities, climate mobility and global action.
Another theme is food and water security, land use and biodiversity – ecosystem health, agricultural innovation, food-water-energy nexus.
The conference will also focus on the art of climate adaptation – the role of performance and creative arts for adaptation.
Finally, the fifth focus is capacity building and youth – global talanoa connecting students and young activists, educators and early career researchers.
Per Adaptation Futures’ website, their conference “series is the premier international conference devoted entirely to climate change adaptation, bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, industry representatives and communicators to present their work in adaptation, learn what others are doing, and build networks.
“The Conference provides a unique chance to share expertise, skills and backgrounds and exchange experiences with an active adaptation network. This conference is the flagship event of the World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP), one of the four components of the World Climate Programme.”