Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation seeks residence in the Netherlands

The Netherlands, Japan and the United Nations (UN) Environment will lead the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in The Netherlands. Today, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent together with global partners of the new project. The Centre will address the growing need for support among countries, institutions and businesses for dealing with climate change adaptation issues, such as natural disasters and economic disruptions.   

The main goal of the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation is to strengthen the ability of countries, institutions and businesses to deal with climate impacts and to support them to address adaptation challenges that they encounter. The Centre will bring together international partners into a broad network including leading knowledge institutes, businesses, NGOs, local and national governments, international organisations and financial institutions, both commercial and developmental.

The Dutch Minister for the Environment, Sharon Dijksma says:Many around the world are hit hard by global warming. The ground-breaking Paris Climate Change Agreement puts climate change adaptation on par with mitigation. Failure of dealing adequately with climate change will increase a multitude of risks such as natural disasters, social and economic disruptions and increasing political tensions. Many people are looking for good practices and guidance with regard to climate change adaptation.  I am convinced the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation can help addressing these challenges.”


The historic Paris Climate agreement has made climate change adaptation a top global priority. The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, an initiative of The Netherlands, Japan and the United Nations Environment will contribute to building a climate resilient world.

The Centre will support those that struggle to put climate adaptation effectively into practice, in all parts of the world. It will collect lessons from recently executed projects and use those to develop guidance to accelerate climate adaptation. The resulting pool of global knowledge and know-how to understand what works and what doesn’t will be used to support countries, communities and companies to successfully integrate climate adaptation into their investment decisions. In that way, every new road, every construction, every crop field becomes an opportunity to become more resilient.