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20/20 Young Adaptation Professionals Programme

The Global Center on Adaptation was launched at the UN Climate Summit COP-23 in November 2017 to bridge knowledge gaps and help guide investments in adaptation solutions. It will act as a solutions broker, bringing together governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, and knowledge institutions to advance bold actions to help societies globally become more resilient to climate risks. The Center is a managing partner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, together with the World Resources Institute. The Commission will deliver a flagship report to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019 and the Global Center on Adaptation will work actively to help realize the recommendations of the Commission, as well as robustly embrace new opportunities that help maximize its role as a catalyst for the implementation of a global climate adaptation agenda.

The Global Center on Adaptation and IDRC share common objectives to advance the climate adaptation agenda and to develop adaptation solutions, while drawing on expertise from around the world, including from developing countries. Given their complementary strengths, the two organizations signed a letter of intent in 2018 with the aim of developing future cooperation. The letter of intent identified a joint interest to promote adaptation expertise and experience in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The main aim of this project, implemented with the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, is to bring at least 20 early and mid-career professionals from these regions to the Global Center in the Netherlands in order to contribute to the global adaptation agenda and the 2020 Adaptation Action Summit to be hosted by the Netherlands. This will be known as the 20/20 Young Adaptation Professionals Program. This program will advance bold actions to help communities and countries globally become more resilient to climate-related threats. It will also bring a range of research voices from across the Global South and the expertise of these emerging researchers will inform a range of critical issues in the global adaptation agenda.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
24 months
IDRC Officer
Bhim Adhikari
Total Funding
CA$ 562,500.00
Sustainable Inclusive Economies
Climate Change
Project Leader
Barnabas Dickson
Netherlands. Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat