GCA and OECD sign Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their collaboration on climate adaptation

T he Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations to enhance efforts to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The OECD Secretary-General, Mr Angel Gurría, and the CEO of the GCA, Professor Patrick V. Verkooijen, signed the MoU at a virtual ceremony on the 27th of May 2021.

Speaking at the signing, Angel Gurría remarked that “we must make tangible progress towards the Paris Agreement’s goal of increasing adaptation to climate change. In the past it has often taken an extreme natural catastrophe for climate adaptation to come to the forefront of policy agendas. But this way of waiting for the storm to break to take action is no longer tenable.”

Patrick Verkooijen noted that “During the Covid crisis, climate impacts have only accelerated. The climate emergency demands a coordinated response to build resilience. Our enhanced cooperation with OECD going forward will help us to catalyse efficient and equitable adaptation solutions.”

The MoU formalises the growing collaboration between the GCA and the OECD in which the two organizations jointly committed to facilitate adaptation to climate change that is economically efficient, socially inclusive and equitable, adapted to local needs as well as environmentally sustainable. Through this strategically important partnership we will work to identify new strategic areas of common interest for enhanced collaboration such as the development and dissemination of knowledge, experiences, lessons learnt and good practices, the mainstreaming of climate adaptation into relevant policy processes, including at sub-national and local levels, financing mechanism and efforts to help raise the awareness and importance of climate change adaptation both domestically and internationally.

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