Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Water Management addressed the need for new knowledge. ‘That’s why I took the initiative to establish the Global Commission on Adaptation.’

This high-level Commission is headed by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Microsoft principal founder Bill Gates, and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva and features representatives from many countries and organisations. It will present its first report at next year’s UN Climate Summit in New York, followed by the first Climate Adaptation Action Summit in the Netherlands in 2020.’

Patrick Verkooijen, CEO Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA), mentioned the need for scale up and speed up to meet he challenges on climate adaptation. GCA will work on that, in close collaboration with AIWW Global Community, and present results at the Climate Adaptation Action Summit in 2020. Finally he announced that the progress on the water related action tracks will be discussed at the AIWW Conference 2019.