When: Wednesday, 12 December, 15:30 – 17:00
Where: Pomorze Climate Action, Room 1


  • Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, UK
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

We may have as few as 12 years to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as emphasized in the recent Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Climate change is no longer a distant threat.

This means swift adaptation is crucial. The Global Commission on Adaptation – launched in October – will accelerate adaptation by raising its visibility and focusing on solutions. Senior Research Fellow Richard Klein serves as the Commission’s Co-Director of Research.

Drawing on rigorous, peer-reviewed research, the Commission will make the case that adapting to climate change improves human well-being and results in better, more sustainable economic development and security for all.

At COP24, the Commission will hold its first public meeting, co-hosted by the UNFCCC. Commissioners will discuss the barriers to inaction and highlight how accelerated adaptation action can benefit resilience.

But what is the current research on adaptation, and how has it evolved since the UNFCCC’s inception in 1992? Dr. Klein and colleagues recently took stock of this, finding that policy and practice have seen four successive “generations,” each adding new layers of complexity as it expands on the last.

Watch this video to learn more:

Video: SEI / YouTube.