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Christchurch to host UN climate adaption conference in 2025

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Christchurch to host UN climate adaption conference in 2025
New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch, is expecting 1,500 delegates when it hosts the 8th Adaptation Futures Conference (AF2025) in 2025.

In keeping with the purpose of the conference, both online and in-person attendance will be available to prospective delegates.

Hosted by the University of Canterbury at Christchurch’s young convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch, the conference is part of the United Nations World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP).

The meeting will bring together scientists, policy makers and Indigenous scholars.

“We look forward to hosting this important conference alongside our partners,” said the University of Canterbury’s vice-chancellor, professor Cheryl de la Rey.

“As a university committed to engagement, we work closely with our communities and our cities to impact research-informed decision-making. With thought leadership, community engagement and strong partnerships, we can adapt to overcome challenges and create sustainable solutions for generations to come.”

The conference’s co-convenors will be three of the university’s professors, Steven Ratuva, Bronwyn Hayward and Shaun Ogilvie.

Through six special events held as part of the meeting, AF2025 will explore various themes of climate adaption including Indigenous innovation, climate-resilient development solutions for urban governments and communities, biodiversity and food, the role of performance and creative arts in climate adaption and capacity building amongst early-career climate adaption research and practitioners. One of the special events will also focus on involving young people in climate adaption.

 “1500 delegates to our shores will get to enjoy our world-class conference facilities and experience our world-famous manaakitanga,” said Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive, René de Monchy.

“Aotearoa New Zealand’s tourism sector is committed to supporting the transition to a more sustainable and regenerative future. Events like these bring the best and brightest together to find climate-resilient solutions for our communities. Hosting conferences is a key part of Tourism New Zealand’s strategy to attract high-quality visitors who positively contribute to our environment, communities, culture and economy.”

ChristchurchNZ chief executive Ali Adams said AF2025 supports the city’s vision for the future.

“For a place deeply connected to the natural environment, we are thrilled that such future focused delegates will be able to experience all our revitalised city has to offer,” she said.

“WASP’s critical work tackling the climate crisis aligns with Ōtautahi’s ambition to become a regenerative city that protects its natural resources, so this is an exciting partnership and a great step towards a future we collectively want to see, one that is good for the planet and people.”

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