Every nation of the world is vulnerable, to a greater or lesser extent, to the impacts of climate change. Together we face threats to lives and livelihoods, as well as to existing and future development. Yet adaptation is not keeping pace with the speed in increase and scale of these impacts. While a number of countries, institutions and organizations are making significant progress, we need swifter, more systemic change. We must build – and implement – a vision for a climate resilient future that catalyzes adaptation action to protect people, economies, and the environment.

With COP26 in Glasgow quickly approaching, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, as co-Chair of the Adaptation Action Coalition (AAC), with the support of the World Resources Institute as Secretariat of the AAC, invites you to join an event to bring adaptation leaders across the globe together. It will take stock of progress on adaptation since the 2019 UN ‘Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience.

This high-level ministerial session will be an opportunity for leaders from the Adaptation Action Coalition (AAC), a coalition of countries chaired by the UK and Egypt, who have come together to elevate adaptation on the global climate change agenda and accelerate global action to achieve a climate resilient world by 2030. The session will highlight progress made in building collective political momentum to deliver effective and equitable adaptation and discuss how challenges have been overcome to continue delivering adaptation progress in select AAC workstreams: water, health, and locally led adaptation. After reflecting on progress made over the past few years, the webinar will conclude with a look to the future, catalyzing ambition and action from state and non-state actors to meet the scale of the climate crisis, both in the leadup to COP26 and beyond.

We hope that you will join us for this exciting event.


  • Ms. Yasmin Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt
  • Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, UK 
  • Ms. Barbara Visser,  Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
  • Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, Minister of Health and Medical Services, the Republic of Fiji 
  • Mr. Nigel Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion, UK
  • Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
  • Ms. Sheela Patel, Founder, SPARC, Climate Champion
  • Ms. Kelsey Harpham, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation 
  • Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, World Health Organization
  • Ms. Clare Shakya, International Institute for Environment and Development