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Ceremony with Nobel Prize Laureates

Ceremony with Nobel Prize Laureates on Challenges and Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation

When: Friday 22 Januari 2021, 13.00 - 14.00 hrs (CET)
Where: online and go to the virtual Martinikerk
How it works: to be fully prepared, check this for online instructions
Admission: free, no registration necessary
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Bold actions and transformative thinking are urgently required to tackle what has become a worldwide climate emergency. To add new urgency for mobilizing unprecedented efforts, the Netherlands government is hosting an international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) including a ceremony with Nobel Prize Laureates. 

Throughout history, humanity has demonstrated ingenuity and courage as we have adapted to change. We need that commitment and spirit today as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, and societies are faced with the challenge of building back better and enacting the transitions required for a climate-resilient world.

Recognizing those pioneers who have improved society through knowledge, science and humanism, Climate Adaptation Groningen, in cooperation with the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the University of Groningen, will host a ceremony with Nobel Prizes Laureates in Groningen on 22 January 2021, convened by Chair of the Board of the GCA and Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki Moon. 

The ceremony will form a core element of the online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS Online) to be held on 25 January 2021, the first ever dedicated platform of global leaders aimed at placing the world firmly on a pathway to accelerated adaptation and resilience. CAS Online will bring together institutions, government leaders, mayors, senior figures from the private sector, civil society and youth movements, and drive the critical changes needed in the way societies manage the effects of our climate emergency.

The Nobel Laureates will contribute their statements as part of the Summit’s efforts to raise global awareness of the need to radically rethink how to protect people, the planet and our prosperity. This all comes together in the 'Groningen Scientific declaration'


13.00 - 13.05
Opening remarks - Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary General United Nations

13.05 - 13.30
Round 1: with opening statements by Nobel Laureates (5 minutes each):

Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize 2011 >> BIOGRAPHY
Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2010 >> BIOGRAPHY
Donna Strickland, Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 >> BIOGRAPHY
Brian Schmidt, Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 >> BIOGRAPHY
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2001 >> BIOGRAPHY

13.30 - 13.50
Round 2: Bold actions toward scaled up and accelerated adaptation

13.50 - 14.00
Concluding remarks and ceremony with signing of the 'Groningen Scientific declaration'

Time zone: CET