The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaptation Summit from 25-26 January 2021.
Originally scheduled for 22 October 2020, the event will be held online due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:
- advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
- help accelerate adaptation around the world;
- improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
- present its findings at the Climate Adaption Summit.
The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by former UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.