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Trudeau participating in climate change summit, held in conjunction with World Economic Forum meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is participating in the virtual Climate Adaptation Summit 2021’s Opening Session today.

The online international Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (CAS 2021) will take place Jan. 25 and 26, 2021. The focus of CAS 2021 will be on finding solutions that enable people to adapt to the effects of climate change, such as extreme rainfall, drought, heatwaves and sea level rise.

The closing session will be held in conjunction with the Davos World Economic Forum annual meeting. The provisional programme can be viewed at https://www.cas2021.com/about-cas2021/programme.

World leaders such as Angela Merkel, Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General António Guterres will attend the high-level opening session in the Netherlands and launch a broad Adaptation Action Agenda, setting out practical climate solutions and plans up to 2030.

During the summit, world leaders and heads of state and government will join Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and infrastructure and water management minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, host of CAS 2021, to discuss how cities can be made more resilient to the changing climate, how agriculture can better anticipate drought and salinisation, and how coastal protection can keep pace with sea level rise. Climate finance will also be an important topic of discussion.

Over the course of 24 hours, governments, companies, scientists, NGOs and young people worldwide will be able to participate in a range of events streamed from time zones across the globe. For example, Minister Kaag for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is organizing an Africa event on how to accelerate adaptation in African countries, and specific sessions are held on water and infrastructure.

The aim of CAS 2021 is to draw attention to the effects of climate change, which are already noticeable, and to underscore the need to change along with it.

In the run-up to CAS 2021 various activities are being organised in Groningen and Rotterdam, the host cities of the Global Center on Adaptation. For example, during an online event streamed from Groningen on Jan. 22, 2021 Nobel laureates shared their views on the need to accelerate adaptation.

International climate scientists from the UN climate panel (IPCC) will explain what solutions science is proposing for dealing with climate change. These online presentations will be followed by lectures on climate solutions by researchers at Groningen. Young people are a special target group of CAS 2021.

During the Youth for Climate Adaptation Conference – also streamed from Groningen on Jan. 22, 2021 – young people from all over the world met up online to develop their input for the Climate Adaptation Summit.