CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Accelerating African Adaptation: Unlocking Action

Monday 25 January, 16:00-18:00 CET (UTC+1)
CAS Channel 2 – from the Netherlands

This Anchoring Event aims at accelerating African adaptation and is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on unlocking ambition and is hosted by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Sigrid Kaag. The second part focuses on unlocking action and is hosted by Kitty van der Heijden, Director General of International Cooperation.

Climate adaptation in Africa
©Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Communications Department

Event programme overview

  • Participants will share their vision for a climate-resilient future and share best practices.
  • In a panel discussion moderated by Wanjira Mathai, African leaders identify and assess gaps in the translation of global ambition to local adaptation action.
  • Finally, several partners will share their adaptation achievements and ambitions.
  • In the second part of the program, we will dive deeper into the key themes and recommendations discussed.
  • Through Adaptation Dialogues, African experts discuss information and institutional development, on-the-ground action and unlocking climate finance.
  • Three African ChangeMakers will pitch their initiatives for a climate-resilient future. You can vote for your favourite, to be announced at the end of the session!
  • Finally, we will reflect on takeaways and look ahead towards COP26.
Climate adaptation in Africa
©Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Confirmed speakers

This event will present a variety of high-level speakers.

Ms.Wanjira Mathai, Regional Director and Vice President of WRI Africa, will moderate the session.
From the studio in the Netherlands, Ms. Lexter Woodley will act as master of ceremony.

Adapting in Africa

Partner organisations

Adaptation of African Agriculture Initiative

African Adaptation Initiative

African Development Bank

African Risk Capacity Ltd.

African Union

City of Beira


Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Economic Community of West African States

European Commission

Global Water Partnership

Government of Gabon

Government of Germany

Government of Rwanda

Government of the Netherlands

Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Green Climate Fund

LDC Group


Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall


UNSG’ Youth Council on Climate Change

World Bank Group

World Resources Institute Africa