Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 15 Oct 2018

Launch of Global Center on Adaptation

On October 16, during the formal launch of the Global Center on Adapation, the names of some 20 leading global Commissioners and 10 convening countries were announced. The Global Commission on Adaptation is being led by Ban Ki-Moon, Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank. It involves 17 countries including China, India, South Africa, Indonesia, Canada and the UK.

The new Commission will be co-hosted by the Global Center on Adaptation, an international organization hosted by the Netherlands, in partnership with World Resources Institute. IHE Delft is a founding partner of the Center and has seconded Professor Guy Alaerts as part-time staff. IHE Delft’s focus will be on knowledge and capacity development for framing and implementing the adaptation policies and strategies.

On October 16, the names of some 20 leading global Commissioners and 10 convening countries will be announced. This announcement was made during an event marking the new construction of an innovative climate-adaptive floating office in Rotterdam by Dutch Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure and Water Management), the initiating Commissioner. Van Nieuwenhuizen noted that the Commission will elevate the political visibility of adaptation and will focus on solutions, catalyzing a global adaptation movement and accelerating action.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of the Global Center, said that “the role of Global Center on Adaptation will be significant because we need all societies to learn from one another.” In addition to its office in Rotterdam, the Global Center will have an office in Groningen, which will be inaugurated by Mr. Ban on October 17. 

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb also shared his support for the Global Center’s next chapter and remarked that “adaptation is crucial, not only worldwide; but especially for Rotterdam, a delta city where 80% of the urban area is below sea level.”

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