Opening Plenary | Tues 19 June | 9h15 – 11h00 | Auditorium 1: Setting the Scene for Climate Adaptation and Development.

We start with a welcome from the conference hosts, the University of Cape Town’s African Climate & Development Initiative, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the UN Environment’s Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).

This is followed by a welcome from Mayor De Lille, on behalf of our host city, Cape Town.

The European Commission Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation will then hand over the conference mandate from Rotterdam 2016 to Cape Town 2018.

Our first keynote address is from the South African Minister for Environmental Affairs, the Hon Edna Molewa, who will provide a South African perspective on climate change adaptation, and the opportunities for driving social and economic development through adaptation.

This is followed by short statements from representatives of vulnerable communities in South Africa, where they present the challenges their communities face.

The second keynote address is from Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Secretary, UNFCCC, who will present the UNFCCC’s view of the priorities for adaptation research, policy and practice.