Launch event and opening ceremony of the Global Commission on Adaptation, which will catalyze a new global movement to bring scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions.

Participants will include heads of state and representatives from 13 convening countries, more than 23 global commissioners, leading research partners, senior advisors, and managing partners. The Commission will be 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.

The managing partners of the Commission are the Global Center on Adaptation and World Resources Institute.


  • Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank
  • Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (via video)
  • Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Water and Infrastructure, The Netherlands
  • Heads of state and representatives from more than 13 convening countries
  • More than 23 global commissioners representing all regions of the globe and all sectors of development and industry
  • Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Patrick Vincent Verkooijen, CEO, Global Center for Adaptation

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