World Resource Institute


Climate adaptation means preparing for and responding to the disruptive effects of climate change. It means doing everything we can to protect people’s lives and livelihoods from the impacts of our changing environment, as well as creating and spreading solutions to make communities, homes, businesses, farms and infrastructure stronger and better equipped to deal with mounting challenges.

Good adaptation must support inclusive economic development and address underlying inequities in society. It requires cross-sectoral planning, cross-cutting responsiveness, innovative partnerships, and inclusive, courageous decision-making to confront the reality of our changing world.

The Global Commission on Adaptation aims to inspire heads of state, government officials, community leaders, business executives, investors and other international actors to prepare for and respond to the disruptive effects of climate change with urgency, determination and foresight. By accelerating climate adaptation, we can ensure that people benefit from cost-effective options, reduce risks and come out stronger.

Comprised of more than 30 Commissioners and 20 convening countries, the Global Commission on Adaptation brings together leaders from politics, business, development and science to identify solutions and drive action. The Commission is led by Ban Ki-moon, Kristalina Georgieva and Bill Gates. A global network of research partners and advisors support the Commission. It is co-managed by WRI and the Global Center on Adaptation.

The Global Commission’s flagship research report is now available here.