Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

Article, 11 January 2021

IIED and partners will be taking part in the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, which takes place on 25 and 26 January.

Fishers in a small boat unpack the fish they have caught

Fishermen in Bangladesh collect the day's catch (Photo: copyright Espen Rasmussen/PANOS)

The online international Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 on 25 and 26 January, hosted by the Netherlands, convenes global leaders and local stakeholders. It will see the launch of a comprehensive adaptation action agenda that sets out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavours and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change. 

Over the course of 24 hours, a range of events streamed from time zones across the globe will inspire change and support tangible solutions to the problems of a warming world, showing how we can achieve a climate-resilient future.

IIED and a number of its partners will be at the summit, which is one of the first major events to kick off the 2021 'super year' for climate and nature. Raising adaptation ambition on the road to the UNFCCC COP26 is critical for ensuring strong climate action in the years to come.

IIED is engaging in summit activities by: 

  • Participating in and speaking at events throughout the programme, including IIED director Andrew Norton speaking to the institute's commitment to the principles for locally-led adaptation at the locally-led action track anchor event hosted by Bangladesh on Tuesday, 26 January (10am-12pm GMT)
  • Working alongside the World Resources Institute and the Global Commission on Adaptation to promote the principles for locally-led adaptation 
  • Working with the Asian Development Bank and the Huairou Commission to launch the Climate Resilience Partnership Programme, and
  • Promoting the launch of the Race to Resilience campaign by the UNFCCC High Level Climate Champions. 

Want to hear more on what adaptation ambition should look like at COP26? Following the conclusion of both the Climate Adaptation Summit and the Gobeshona Global Conference 1 events in January, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and IIED are co-hosting an event on 11 February 2020 that will bring together leaders from government, business and civil society to pitch what strong adaptation ambition at COP26 needs to look like, what they are doing about it, and how to judge what success looks like for us all.


Ebony Holland (, senior researcher (nature-climate policy lead), Natural Resources research group/Climate Change research group

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