WASHINGTON, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) Founding CEO Dr. Juan Jose Daboub was recently appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Dr. Daboub served as Managing Director of World Bank Group from 2006-2010 and prior to that as the Finance Minister and Technical Secretary of the President of El Salvador.
"It is a great honor to Chair the WEF Council on Climate Change. At GAIN, we understand the urgent need to adapt to global challenges to save lives and improve livelihoods of the world's most vulnerable – this is one important perspective I will bring to the table," said Dr. Daboub. "I am eager to work with others at the Council in developing a strategic direction and relevant outcomes to help guide this year's Summit to actionable solutions."
WEF's Summit on the Global Agenda, the world's largest brainstorming session that provides the intellectual framework for the development of the program of the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, will be held November 12-14 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
WEF's Network includes the world's leading global thought leaders from business, academia, government and civil society. The network consists of more than 80 councils that provide insight and strategic recommendations to address critical global issues such as adaptation. Findings of the councils inform WEF's programming and set the direction for global, regional and industry agendas.
GAIN's contribution to the climate change solution
The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) contributes to the international effort for global development in its focus on adaptation – the urgent need to build resilience to increasing global challenges such as climate change, urbanization and population growth.
"I have seen firsthand the need to adapt, especially in my own country, El Salvador, but also during my work at the World Bank when I visited the developing world. Often, communities don't have access to clean water or dependable infrastructure systems for food transport," Dr. Daboub said. "With the help of investment from the private sector, which will also protect supply chains and develop new business opportunities, adaptation will promote good economies while helping the world's most vulnerable."
GAIN concentrates its efforts in four sectors crucial to saving lives and improving livelihoods – water, food & agriculture, coastal protection and energy. The GAIN Index, which measures indicators in these sectors, is designed as a navigation tool to help guide investment in adaptation. The GAIN Index measures 161 countries in terms of their vulnerability to these challenges and readiness to attract investment in adaptation.
The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization guided by a vision of building resilience to climate change and other global forces as a key component to sustainable development.
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SOURCE Global Adaptation Institute