CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Youth Leadership

On demand on CAS TV – from the Netherlands

The Youth Leadership Anchoring Event brings together young leaders and decisions makers from all over the world to showcase the key role that young people play in leading climate resilience and adaptation solutions.

The event provides a platform to facilitate intergenerational dialogue on how to adapt to a changing world.

Youth Call to Action

Young people from more than 115 countries presented a call to action among government leaders entitled ‘Adapt for our Future’ to former Secretary‐General Ban Ki‐moon. Important international principles for the youth are the provision of universal education, expansion of economic opportunities for young people and a strengthening position for the most vulnerable young people.

As a response to the Call to Action, the Youth Leadership Program of the Global Center of Adaptation ws launched, introducing its five central pillars, “connect, educate, innovate, advocate and participate.”

Young people from the Northern Netherlands presented the Regional Action Agenda. In this report, youth – ambassadors of Youth for Climate Adaptation – illustrates seven recommendations to municipalities, provinces and water boards. Among other things, they are committed to more citizen participation and more climate (adaptation) in policy and education.

More outcomes

Download an overview of CAS 2021 outcomes and results. More per-session deliverables are also accessible from the Summit outcomes page.


This event presents a variety of high-level speakers, including:

  • Prof.Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, CEO, Global Center on Adaptation
  • Ms Glimina Chakor, Vice Mayor of the City of Groningen
  • H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Chair of Global Center on Adaptation
  • Ms Nisreen Elsaim, Chairperson Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
  • Ms Adriana Valenzuela, Lead Youth Leadership Program, Global Center on Adaptation
  • Ms Ruhi Rusaba Jahwa Jahan, Youth Adaptation Network, Bangladesh
  • Ms Vera Santing, Youth for Climate Adaptation Ambassador, Groningen
  • Ms Andrea Cantillo, Youth Adaptation Network, Colombia
  • Mr Joshua Amponsem, Youth Adaptation Network, Ghana
  • Mr Arjen Robben, Football Player, FC Groningen
  • H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, Burkina Faso, Initiator Leader of the MAMA-LIGHT Initiative for Sustainable Energy and coordinator of the West Africa Solar Pack/ECREEE
  • Ms Paola Diaz Allen, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Mexico
  • Ms Vera Santing, Youth for Climate Adaptation Ambassador, Groningen
  • Ms Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Ms Emily N'Dombaxe Dola, YOUNGO, UNFCCC Constituency
  • CEOs

Partner organisations

We thank the youth organisations who have helped in shaping the Global Youth Call to Action on Adaptation:

Asia Indigenous Youth Platform

Africa Youth Climate Hub

Arab Youth Climate Movement

Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change

Latin America and Caribbean Youth Climate Movement (CLIC!)


Global Youth Indigenous Caucus

Green Africa Youth Organization

Global Voices

International Center for Climate Change and Development

March for Science


Youth and Environment Europe

Youth Climate Lab

Youth for Environment, Education and Development Foundation

YOUNGO (UNFCCC Youth Constituency)

Youth 4 Nature

YouThink Center

Other partner organisations


Dalmia Bharat Group


Executive Office of the Secretary-General

Foundation Princess Abze Djima

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma Foundation home page - (

Gemeente Groningen

Global Center on Adaptation


Iberdrola: the utility of the future - Iberdrola - Iberdrola


Macquarie Bank | Bank with Macquarie | Macquarie


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Mutual Trust Bank

Home - Mutual Trust Bank Limited

Port of Rotterdam

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Royal Schiphol Group

South Pole

From Ambition to Action - Your Climate Journey Starts Here with South Pole

Swiss Re


Willis Tower Watson

YES Bank