This hybrid online/in-person event brought adaptation leaders across the globe together to catalyze adaptation action during the World Leader’s Summit. This high-level session allowed leaders to  discuss  what is needed to advance adaptation progress and provided AAC member countries an opportunity  to  reaffirm  their  commitments to adaptation action across various sectors. The event consisted of a high-level panel session focused on taking a whole-of-society approach to adaptation action, followed by a Ministerial session where Ministers reaffirmed their commitments to adaptation action in partnership with the AAC.


  • Ani Dasgupta, President & CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for International Trade and UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, UK
  • Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
  • Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Francesco Rocca, President of International Federal of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • Frances Way, Executive Director, COP-26 Climate Champions Team
  • Alexandria Villaseñor, Youth Climate Activist and Founder of Earth Uprising
  • Ramsahay Prasad Yadav, Minister of Forests and Environment, Nepal
  • Shamiso Najira, Deputy Director for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources, Malawi
  • Shoda Yutaka, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Government of Japan
  • Ambassador Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, the Netherlands
  • Christina Chan, Senior Adaptation Advisor to John Kerry - Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States
  • Ambassador Ayman Tharwat, Deputy Director, Environment and Sustainable Development Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Vijay Rangarajan, Director General, Americas and Overseas Territories, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), UK