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Adaptation Action Coalition, with ACT in purple

The Adaptation Action Coalition (AAC) aims to accelerate adaptation globally. This state-led initiative of 40 member countries (and counting) is driving adaptation action to achieve a climate resilient world by 2030. Together, AAC members will foster even greater political ambition on adaptation, turning high-level commitments into targeted, tangible and practical action. By accelerating global action on adaptation, the AAC will help people, economies and the planet become more resilient and equitable.

Vision, Mission and Purpose

The Adaptation Action Coalition will deliver sector-specific, action-orientated workstreams, focused initially on health, water, locally led action, disaster risk reduction and infrastructure in 2021. The Adaptation Action Coalition will build upon the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit ‘Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience.’ Where the Call for Action signaled intent and ambition, the Adaptation Action Coalition will drive action through targeted sectoral workstreams and events.

  • Vision: The AAC will build a vision for a climate resilient future that puts adaptation at the center of decision-making and takes immediate action now to protect people, economies and the environment.
  • Mission: The AAC’s primary aim is to accelerate global action on adaptation to achieve a climate resilient world by 2030.
  • Purpose: The AAC will bring together countries of the world to advance progress on the Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience.

To deliver on this mandate, the AAC’s workstreams will:

  • Demonstrate real-world action being taken to respond to climate risks
  • Build the evidence base on good adaptation practices
  • Support the integration of climate risk into sectoral and national plans
  • Highlight equity, inclusion and the Principles for Locally Led Adaptation


The Coalition was founded by the UK in partnership with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The founding members, plus Colombia, Fiji, Ghana, Japan, and the USA make up the Steering Committee.

The coalition is open to all UN member states, as well as the European Union, who have signed the Call to Action.

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