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Vision on climate adaptation

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 has hosted 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, hosted 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, Ban Ki Moon. 

The ceremony formed a core element of the online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS Online) which was 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.

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.

De Groningen Scientific Statement

Scientists call for economic stimulus to address climate adaptation.
Over the past month, five Nobel Laureates and approximately 3.000 scientists from over 100 countries and regions have signed the “Groningen Scientific Declaration” statement, instigated by the Global Center on Adaptation, which calls on world leaders, decision-makers and investors, to change the way we understand, plan and invest for a changing climate to ensure we limit future damage.

The five Nobel Laureates launched the statement during a virtual event hosted by the University of Groningen and Climate Adaptation Week on Friday 22nd November. The Nobel Laureates who have signed include:

  • Professor Joseph Stiglitz, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2001

  • Dr. Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize 2011

  • Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Prize in Physics 2011

  • Professor Donna Strickland, Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

  • Professor Christopher Pissarides, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2010

Replay the Nobel Prize Laureates Ceremony

Download the Groningen Scientific Statement here

Insights from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

At the IPCC-event, also 22 January 2021, lead authors of IPCC reports have been invited to deliver statements on the latest scientific insights on climate change impacts for different regions in the World. The focus of the event was on solutions and in particular on innovative approaches for accelerated and scaled up implementation of these solutions for the benefit of vulnerable communities around the globe.

Replay the IPCC event