Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021: Accelerating Adaptation Action, is underway.
Our planet is getting warmer, which has a growing impact on our societies and economies. We need to adapt to a new, more extreme climate.
In a video posted to twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Young people understand that we must protect plant and animal species, restore nature’s balance and preserve the planet for future generations”. (video link below)
The online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on 25 and 26 January, hosted by the Netherlands, convenes global leaders and local stakeholders. It will see the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda that sets out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavours and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change.
More than 30 world leaders expressed their firm support for climate adaptation action at the international online Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021, hosted by the Netherlands. During the high-level opening, various concrete initiatives and enhanced ambitions from governments, development banks, institutions and cities were launched to drastically enhance climate adaptation worldwide during the coming decade.
To turn ambitions into reality, speakers committed to significantly raising adaptation finance. The new US Climate Envoy, John Kerry, assured world leaders in his first public appearance on the international stage that the Biden-administration has made international climate action a top priority and will help promote more ambition in adaptation and resilience.
“We are proud to be back”, Kerry said. “We come back with humility for the absence of the last four years and we’ll do everything in our power to make up for it.” He announced the US will focus on better climate data, more funding for adaptation and resilience, improving adaptation programmes and promoting cooperation between the private sector and affected communities. “Only together, will we be able to build resilience to climate change. We intend to make good on our Climate Finance Pledge. There is simply no adapting to a 4 degree warmer world except for the most privileged. We are coming back with humility and will work with multilateral institutions.” said U.S. Climate Envoy, John Kerry.
The climate emergency is escalating, and communities all over the world will have to deal with the various inevitable effects.
French President Macron reaffirmed that 2 billion euros – one third of France’s climate finance aid – will be allocated for climate adaptation. German Chancellor Merkel committed a total of 270 million euros extra budgetfor climate adaptation, in support of vulnerable communities. “We are doing our part”, Merkel said.
“We live in the same global village and the whole humanity have a shared future. The @CASsummit2021 is helpful to build advanced cooperation on climate adaptation. Let’s work together.” stated Mr. Han Zheng, Vice Premier of The People’s Republic of China
Even while rightly taking measures to mitigate climate change and reduce its causes, we must prepare and adapt to new and extreme conditions. Higher temperatures, more precipitation and rising sea levels, among others, are already taking their toll. Government, business, and other leaders must radically rethink how to protect people, the planet, and our prosperity.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) announced a new Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP). This flagship program will focus on agriculture, infrastructure, youth and innovative finance. The African Development Bank has committed to mobilize $25 billion as climate finance between 2020 and 2025, of which at least 50% will support climate adaptation and resilience building. AfdB and GCA will use this to leverage an additional $12.5 billion through other key partners. “Let’s turn words into action”, AfDB president Adesina said.
The report of the Global Commission on Adaptation, “Adapt Now,” made the case for revolutions in understanding, planning and financing to make climate risks visible, incorporate them into all decisions, and release public and private funding to mitigate them. Collectively, the international community benefits enormously from managing these complex and interconnected challenges.
At the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019, global leaders endorsed a call for action advocating a vision that puts climate adaptation at the center of decision making, and gives impact response and building resilience for the future “equal and increased urgency.”
This call for action resonates the message of the Global Commission on Adaptation and warns that, while the true costs of adaptation in developing countries could amount to USD 300 billion per year by 2030, there are “substantial benefits to be gained from acting now.”
The Global Commission on Adaptation comprises more than 30 Commissioners and 22 convening countries, chaired by Ban Ki‑moon, Bill Gates, and Kristina Georgieva. It seeks to accelerate adaptation action and increase political support for building climate resilience.
Netherlands minister for Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, and chairman of Royal DSM, Feike Sijbesma, are the Dutch members of the Global Commission.
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organisation, hosted by the Netherlands, with the role of a solutions broker to accelerate, innovate, and scale adaptation action for a climate resilient world. The GCA acts as managing partner for the Global Commission.