Dr. Agnes Kalibata, AGRA President is among 28 leaders representing all regions of the globe and all sectors of development and industry that have joined forces for the Global Commission on Adaptation that was launched a few weeks ago at a high-level event in The Hague.
Co-chaired by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, the Commission has been hailed as an unprecedented and timely international initiative on adaptation that will focus on solutions, catalysing the global adaptation movement and accelerating action.
More specifically, it will help accelerate adaptation action in seven areas: climate-resilient food and rural livelihood security; resilient cities; ecosystem-based solutions; adaptation finance; resilient global supply chains; climate resilient infrastructure; and climate-resilient social protection. Special attention will go on ensuring that adaptation action and support reaches the most vulnerable.
Its unveiling came a few days after the launch of the landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which warns that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
Against such a bleak backdrop, adaptation will be critical in managing the risks associated with climate change – from floods and droughts to sea level rise and storms. The work of the Commission will elevate the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and encourage bold solutions like smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats.
“Nowhere else is the imperative to act more urgent than in Africa, where 70 percent of the population is dependent on rain-fed, smallholder agriculture,” said Dr. Kalibata. “To achieve food security under climate change, the resilience of communities and individual farmers needs to be strengthened through pro-active and longer-term adaptation actions. The Global Commission on Adaptation will raise the visibility of climate change adaptation and catalyze a global movement to bring scale and speed to adaptation solutions.”
- Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank
- Hilda Heine, President, Marshall Islands
- Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Grenada
- Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
- Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, IFRC
- Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
- Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
- Li Ganjie, Minister of Ecology and Environment, China
- Anne Hidalgo, Mayor, Paris
- Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, UK
- Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
- Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO, PKA Ltd
- Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA
- Loren Legarda, Chair, Senate Finance Committee, Philippines
- Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman, Econet Wireless
- José Antonio Meade, Former Finance Minister, Mexico
- Gerd Müller, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
- Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC
- Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
- Sheela Patel, Chair, Slum/Shack Dwellers International
- Feike Sijbesma, CEO, Royal DSM
- Francis Suarez, Mayor, Miami
- Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment
- Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
- Shemara Wikramanayake, CEO Designate, Macquarie Group Ltd.
Besides the 28 commissioners, the Commission includes 17 convening countries.