Virtual summit seeks to galvanize climate change adaptation

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World leaders are converging — virtually — on the Netherlands Monday for a summit that will seek to galvanize more action and funding to adapt the planet and vulnerable communities to the effects of climate change. The Netherlands-based Global Center on Adaptation last week called on governments and financers around the globe to include funding for adaptation projects in their COVID-19 recovery spending. Dutch Overseas Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Sigrid Kaag got the ball rolling by announcing that the summit’s host nation will pump 20 million euros (US$24 million) into an adaptation fund for the world’s least-developed nations and 100 million euros ($121 million) into a program for sustainable farming in Africa’s Sahel region.