In 2021, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) started a new, two-year program, Elevating Agricultural Adaptation (EAA), which aims to tackle the issue of agricultural adaptation of small-holder farmers and strive to secure new commitments. Building on and supporting the effort of IFAD, the Program is going to help elevate commitments to building the climate resilience of small-holder farmers through two pillars of activities: advocacy and awareness-raising.

Based on the recommendations from the Global Commission on Adaptation’s flagship report, “Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience” on food security and livelihoods of the over 500 million small farms, the Program advocates: improving smallholder productivity, supporting farmers in managing risks from increased variability and climate shocks, addressing challenges of the most vulnerable (women, pastoralists and those most affected by climate change), achieving policy coherence and a step-change in providing farmers access to information, technologies, finance, and markets.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and its Co-chairs are deeply committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. The BKMC strongly encourages political commitments from world leaders on tackling climate change, especially when it comes to adaptation. In 2020, with the support of its partner organization Global Citizen, the BKMC took part in several panel discussions on Resilient Food Systems, Food Security and Small Holder Farmers alongside sector doyens and ambassadors such as Gilbert Houngbo, President, IFAD and former Prime Minister of Togo; Aksel Jakobsen, State Secretary of International Development for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sabrina Elba, Actress, Model, and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador.


Climate Adaptation Summit

The Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 led by Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, hosted by the Netherlands and the Global Center on Adaptation convened over 18,000 registrations, 300 speakers, 160 side events, 32 countries, world leaders, and local stakeholders.

It launched a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda and heard of new financial pledges to initiatives to make the world more resilient to the effects of climate change.