Challenges & opportunities

Accelerating climate change mitigation and adaptation

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that human activities have caused 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels so far. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052, if human-caused climate change continues to increase at the current rate.

As greenhouse gas emissions rise, droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise are felt worldwide at rates much faster than anticipated. This has a strong impact on many coastal countries, especially the least developed countries and the small islands developing states. More frequent and intense natural disasters are threatening natural ecosystems and expose humanity to water security, food security and health risks.

During the thematic opening session and deep dive sessions, we will explore the challenges and enabling environments to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation. We will look into governance, economic measures and financing for the implementation of adaptation options for the achievement of SDGs. Our speakers will share best practices as well as lessons learned.

Conference programme

Climate sessions

Thematic opening session

Accelerating climate change adaptation: a human, environmental, and economic imperative

Given the multiple benefits that climate adaptation actions can bring, accelerating climate change adaptation is becoming imperative.

The Adapt Now! report by the Global Commission on Adaptation confirms that the return on investments in improved climate resilience is very high. Global investments worth 1.8 trillion USD could even generate 7.1 trillion USD in total net benefits from 2020 to 2030, making the adoption of climate adaptation strategies a necessity from a purely economic point of view. By enhancing the resilience of society against future risks, climate adaptation strategies will also deliver significant social and environmental benefits next to these economic gains.

During the thematic opening session, a panel of experts and practitioners will discuss how to accelerate and upscale climate adaptation actions. At the same time, they will also review what role technological innovation can play in deploying adaptation measures on a massive scale.

Deep dive sessions

Climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies

Thematic coordinators


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