Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Global commission set up for climate adaptation solutions

Global commission set up for climate adaptation solutions

The Global Commission on Adaptation is led by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank, and was initiated by the Netherlands.

On current trends, Earth is on track to warm up an unlivable three or four degrees Celsius (5.4 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, far about the 1.5 C climate-safe threshold endorsed last week by the United Nations in its climate change assessment.

The former United Nations chief spoke to edie ahead of today's (16 October) launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation, which will encourage bold solutions such as smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats.

The Global Commission on Adaptation is a new initiative that aims to raise the visibility of climate change adaptation and catalyze a global movement to bring scale and speed to adaptation solutions.

"Or we can continue with the status quo, putting at risk global economic growth and social stability that will undermine our food and water security. for decades to come", he said. Adaptation is about managing the risks associated with climate change - from floods and droughts to sea level rise and storms.

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The commission includes 28 leaders from government, business and non-profits.

"To be able to deliver on the promises we made in the Paris Agreement, it is imperative to engage the private sector in the work regarding climate adaptation", said Tørnæs. Many industry sectors with globally distributed supply chains will be significantly affected by climate change, and they recognise the risks that climate change poses to their operations. "If everyone does their part, we can reduce carbon emissions, increase access to affordable energy, and help farmers everywhere grow more productive crops".

The UN Secretary-General said this when he was presiding over the launching of Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) in The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday.

The leaders of these countries are committed to working together to advance the work of the commission.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with the Presidents of South Africa, Senegal, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands, Argentina; Premier of China, Chancellor of Germany, and Prime Ministers of the Netherlands, India, UK, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia and Grenada are the Conveners of the GCA, said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Wednesday.

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