In the last few weeks, Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul has been inundated by torrential rain. The resulting floods have killed hundreds and left thousands displaced, putting Rio Grande do Sul in a state of emergency and raising international concerns around climate vulnerability.

The implications of this extreme disaster for Brazil range from food security to gross domestic product (GDP). As the country prepares to host the G20 Leaders’ Summit in November and COP30 in 2025, the flooding in Rio Grande do Sul can propel climate adaptation to the forefront of strategic and development plans globally.

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. ET for a virtual conversation about the situation in Rio Grande do Sul, the importance of climate adaptation, and the role of public-private partnerships to drive these efforts forward.  


H.E. Eduardo Leite
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Priscilla Negreiros
Senior Manager
Climate Policy Initiative

Renata Koch Alvarenga

Guilherme Syrkis
Executive Director
Brazil Climate Center

In conversation with

Jason Marczak
Vice President and Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Valentina Sader
Deputy Director and Brazil Lead, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Nidhi Upadhyaya
Deputy Director, Global Policy and Finance, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council

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The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.

The Office of the Chief Economist provides guidance on strategic priorities and technical quality of economic analysis in the Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC).

The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center will reach one billion people with resilience solutions to climate change, migration, and security challenges by 2030. We will focus our efforts on individuals, communities, and a broad spectrum of governments and institutions to help them, and their constituencies and stakeholders, better prepare for, navigate, and recover from shocks and stresses. We will help build a more resilient world.

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