US, Canada leaders announce joint support for NAP Global Network

United States President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced their joint support for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network during a bilateral summit in Washington on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

The joint statement read: “Canada and the US will work with developing country partners to assist in implementation of their INDCs and strengthening their adaptation efforts. Both countries will strive to enhance the effectiveness of adaptation assistance by coordinating support for adaptation planning and action through the National Adaptation Plans Global Network.”

“We are thrilled at the announcement that Canada will join the US in leveraging the NAP Global Network to coordinate bilateral support for climate change adaptation,” said Anne Hammill, Director of Resilience at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Network’s secretariat. “We applaud President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau’s leadership in tackling climate change risks through supporting robust national adaptation planning.”

John Furlow, US Steering Committee member for the Network, said, “We very much welcome Canada partnering in the Network. Alongside our developing country partners, we look forward to working together to coordinate support for urgently needed adaptation planning and action. We are very interested in coordinating with other bilateral partners and would love to talk with those interested in joining the NAP Global Network.”

About the NAP Global Network

The NAP Global Network was created in 2014 to enhance support for national adaptation planning through peer learning and exchange, improved coordination, and supporting national level action on NAP development and implementation. It was launched by adaptation policy-makers and practitioners from Brazil, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Malawi, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Togo, the UK and the United States.  Initial funding for the Network is provided by the U.S. and Germany, and the Secretariat is hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).