CAS2021: Global leader line-up for adaptation summit
Given the huge challenges, many world leaders will participate in the Climate Adaptation Summit that is to take place on 25 and 26 January 2021. The line-up of global leaders and a preliminary action agenda have been announced.
Several global leaders have confirmed to participate in the Climate Adapation Summit organised by the Dutch government. The list includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN Secretary‐General António Guterres, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki‐moon and IMF Director Kristalina Georgieva.
Many other leaders, such as UK prime minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, have been invited to participate and to announce their contributions to a global action agenda.
Preliminary action agenda
The first global summit on climate adaptation aims to speed up the implementation of measures to minimise the damaging effects of extreme weather events caused by climate change, such as droughts, floods, heat waves and diseases. Prior to the summit, the Dutch government released a paper on the outlines of an ambitious action agenda that will be adopted during the summit.
The Summit paper Delivering an adaptation action agenda 2030 mentions the societal changes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. The paper warns that climate adaptation is at risk in case of a global recession or when public spending shifts to immediate relief.
According to the pre-summit paper a global climate adaptation action agenda must support both efforts to limit climate and pandemic risk, as well as support efforts that pursue economic recovery.
The final action agenda is to be adopted during the summit on 25 January.
24 hours live broadcast
The Netherlands will host the first global summit on climate adaptation in an attempt to speed up the implementation of measures to mitigate the risks of extreme weather events caused by climate change. The summit includes a 24 hours live stream programme on four different channels. The live stream starts on 25 January at 13.30 Central European Time (CET) with CAS Talks and the official opening session. The final programme item is the closing session that starts at 11.30 CET on 26 January.
Next to the live stream the programme includes several supporting events that provide opportunities to participate with your own content such as interviews, stories, documentaries, photo collages and time lapses.
The live stream can be watched on the CAS TV and YouTube. The number of interactive participants will be limited and pre-registration is requested.