Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Ban Ki-Moon welcomes Peter Eriksson to the Board of the Global Center on Adaptation


The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) appointed Minister for International Development Cooperation, Peter Eriksson, as a board member following an invitation from 8th Secretary General of the United Nations and GCA Chair, Ban Ki-moon.

On accepting the appointment, Minister Eriksson said:

“Sweden has extensive experience of climate aid work. Through our collaboration with GCA we hope to be able to do more to help those living on the frontlines of our climate crisis – to protect lives and livelihoods using practical and positive solutions to create and maintain a sustainable existence.”

Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations and Chair of the Global Center on Adaptation said:

“The world needs a complete pivot and an overhaul in how we do development. Climate change must be central to this, with every decision reflecting climate needs and realities. I am looking forward to working closely with Minister Eriksson to show how adaptation can lead to better growth and development.”

Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation said:

“I am delighted Minister Eriksson has accepted our invitation to join the board of GCA. That poor countries are shouldering the heaviest costs of climate change, when they have done the least to cause it, is a stain on our collective morals. Our close collaboration with Sweden will help us as we work towards ensuring climate change adaptation and disaster resilience is a constant in all our deliberations and decisions.”

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization which works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. The GCA is the lead partner institution for the Climate Adaptation Summit in the Netherlands on 22nd October 2020 hosted by Prime Minister Mark Rutte - the first major gathering of international leaders dedicated entirely to adaptation. The Climate Adaptation Summit will adopt a “Global Compact on Adaptation” to carry forward visionary efforts to significantly
scale up adaptation over the next 5 to 10 years.

The GCA is also the Managing Partner of the Global Commission on Adaptation co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva, formed to mobilize knowledge resources and catalyse political support for urgent action to climate adaptation solutions. The GCA will take will take forward the work of the Global Commission on Adaptation, which will sunset in October this year.

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