The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index Annual Meeting features more than 40 top climate adaptation thought leaders from the public and private sector, academia, science and NGOs. See the ND-GAIN Annual Meeting speakers by clicking HERE.

The panel sessions Dec. 11-12 at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., included topics ranging from big data and climate adaptation technologies to Managing National Security Risks in a Changing Climate.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It will take the world’s poorest countries more than one century just to reach the level of climate change readiness that the richest countries already enjoy, according to data released today (Dec. 12) by the 2013 University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

ND-GAIN Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub participated in the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda as Vice Chair of the Council on Climate Change. The World Economic Forum Advisory Councils works on over 80 topics ranging from climate adaptation to economic freedom and topics for this year featured inclusiveness and youth job creation. Nearly 1,000 global leaders met in Abu Dhabi, UAE to address problems faced by people all over the world. Dr. Daboub stated: 

Thanks to the World Bank’s Steve Hammer, the lead urban specialist – cities and climate change within the Urban Development and Resilience Unit, ND-GAIN participated in a lively discussion with dozens of the Bank staff about measuring a country’s readiness to face climate change. - See video here.

I mourn with my Philippine kaibigans about the incalculable death and destruction wrought by Typhon Haiyan on that beautiful country and its people.  I lived and worked in the Philippines in the mid-1990s while at the U.S. Agency for International Development. I consider the country my second home.  I feel a deep sadness that so many lives were lost. Yet, I do not feel hopeless.  I know that  ways exist to increase the Philippine’s resiliency, and the solutions lie within the country, the corporate sphere and the development community.

See the latest video in the University of Notre Dame’s What Would You Fight For? series. It highlights the experience of Luis Llanos, a senior engineering student and member of Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development (NDSEED), a service learning course in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.

ND-GAIN Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub participated in the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum November 11 - 13 in Doha, Qatar. ND-GAIN was invited to discuss adaptation and metrics that increase resilience to mounting global challenges and, during his remarks, Dr. Daboub discussed the urgent need to save lives and improve livelihoods. 

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) opened the call for applications to its Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index Corporate Adaptation Award.

The award recognizes a multi-national corporation that has made measurable contributions to awareness, science or action in creating resilience or adaptation to climate change.

ND-GAIN Founding CEO, Dr. Juan José Daboub, was recently featured on Green is Good Radio, America’s No. 1 green radio show that features people and organizations that are making a green difference.  

“Adapting to a changing world, creating resilience for communities, is very important and is already needed,” Dr. Daboub explains. “In developing countries, adaptation makes more sense now because it will help lift people out of poverty, reduce health risks and increase access to energy in the poorest countries.” 

ND-GAIN’s Nitesh Chawla is a recipient of IBM’s 2013 Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award. The award, which is one of nine new academic collaborations, is designed to prepare students for the 4.4 million jobs that will be created worldwide to support Big Data by 2015. According to Richard Rodts, Manager of Global Academic Programs, IBM:

The ND-GAIN Index was recently featured in the Woodrow Wilson Center’s New Security Beat blog. The article notes that: 

The index’s intuitive user interaction is a great strength, enabling the selection of specific indicators of vulnerability and readiness in order to customize country rankings, and presenting an immense collection of data in a simple, easy-to-understand, and compelling style.

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Joyce E. Coffee, who has extensive experience working on climate change and sustainability — particularly in the government and corporate sectors — has been named managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).