NAP Global Network at COP27

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt | Nov 6 – 18, 2022

This year, the world reached record-high temperatures and experienced devastating climate-related catastrophes. While concerns for our planet and its people increase, it’s also important to recognize the dedication and progress that countries are making in their plans to adapt to extreme weather events and other climate change impacts.  

The 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) is happening in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, this November to build on last year’s commitments, accelerate global climate action, increase climate financing, and scale up adaptation efforts.  

Members of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network Secretariat will be at the centre of the action: engaging with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes, connecting with country representatives, and highlighting our resources and support.  

The NAP Global Network’s engagements at COP27 will focus on these topics: 

  • The shift from planning to implementation in the NAP process 
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning for adaptation as part of the NAP process 
  • Gender-responsive and socially inclusive NAP processes
  • Vertical integration in the NAP process 

The NAP Global Network Secretariat team will be engaging in discussions around the Global Stocktake and the Global Goal on Adaptation, as well as tracking adaptation-related negotiation items with a view of highlighting opportunities to make links to NAP processes. 

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Schedule of events

 

The NAP Global Network Secretariat will also be contributing to the following events. 

When: Wednesday, November 9, 17:30—18:30
Where: Korean Pavilion
Organizer(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) & International Energy Agency (IEA) Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG), and the Republic of Korea.

This side-event will explore what the first Global Stocktake (GST) process could usefully do in relation to its mandate to review the adequacy and effectiveness of adaptation and facilitate enhanced implementation of adaptation, taking into account on-going discussions on the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) and the learning-by-doing approach of the GST.

When: Thursday, November 10, 15:00—16:00
Where: Domina Coral Bay Congress Center (just outside of the Green and Blue Zones) in the Giovanni room
Organizer(s): Chemonics

Increased attention is being paid to climate adaptation programming, though with only scant evidence of what has (and has not) worked under different contexts. Despite progress on the conceptual side, practitioners are still struggling to define adaptation success, and then measure and evaluate the effectiveness of climate adaptation interventions.

The panel discussion will focus on ways to measure climate adaptation gains and the hurdles we, within the development community, must overcome to undertake adaptation programming that is both measurable and equitable. The discussion will start by defining adaptation success and the available methods for measuring the effectiveness of adaptation interventions, followed by a discussion of how to advance evaluation methods, and finally, panelists will discuss opportunities to strengthen climate adaptation programming.

When: Saturday, November 12, 13:0014:30
Where: Canada Pavilion
Organizer(s): Canada Foodgrains Bank, World Vision Canada, WaterAid Canada, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR)

The current food system works poorly for much of the world’s population, particularly women and girls, in terms of providing sufficient and nutritious diets within planetary boundaries. A more gender-equitable, resilient food system, including local food systems, is urgently needed to respond to current and future crises and enable the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Canada’s current climate finance package includes a commitment to achieve gender-equality integration in 80% of projects, with climate-smart agriculture and food systems and nature-based solutions as key themes. 

This event will bring together civil society and think tanks with expertise in agriculture, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and adaptation to discuss approaches to enabling climate-resilient food systems, critical to human and environmental sustainability.

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When: Monday, November 14, 8:30–9:45
Where: SDG Pavilion, Main Stage
Organizer(s): United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UNFCCC.

It is crucial that governments and stakeholders ensure the integration of just, equitable, and inclusive principles–key elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development–across all climate and development strategies, including the National Determined Contributions (NDCs), the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), biodiversity, and the net-zero emission reduction goals.

During this interactive discussion, lead experts from a variety of backgrounds will explore how harnessing synergies across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement can at the same time help advance inclusive and just transitions. Speakers will share practical insights on incorporating a “climate and SDGs” lens into their areas of work, from science and policy to financing and delivery of development co-benefits, towards more equitable, fair, and resilient outcomes.

Watch the event's full recording.

When: Monday, November 14, 13:1514:45
Where: Amon (150)
Organizer(s): Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Japan Water Forum, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The session will identify actions needed to move beyond business-as-usual approaches for scaling up effective investments in climate adaptation and resilience. Risk-informed inclusive decision making at all levels and across sectors and themes will be key for enabling such a shift.

Related resources

 

How to Raise the GlaSS on the Global Goal on Adaptation at COP 27: Four foundations to build upon

The NAP Global Network Secretariat Lead on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Adaptation to Climate Change, Emilie Beauchamp, provides a recap of the GlaSS work programme and sets out four key foundations to build on at COP27 in a new article.

 

News and statements

Zimbabwe’s AdCom strives to increase the visibility and profile of adaptation and its balance with mitigation, strengthen adaptation action and support, and enhance learning and understanding of adaptation needs and actions.

The document presents aspects of the country’s vision with respect to climate change, which stresses that adaptation is of primary importance to the country and is high on the government’s agenda to guarantee the welfare of the people while reducing risks and building resilience.

Panelists of the NAP Global Network side event at COP27.Through National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes, countries are striving to put climate adaptation at the heart of decision making. These processes are gaining momentum: the United Nations has reported that 129 developing countries have launched NAPs since the process was established in 2010 under the Cancun Adaptation Framework. This event showcased concrete experiences in, and best practices from, countries when devising, implementing, and monitoring their NAPs.

Representatives from Africa and Latin America shared their diverse experience with local adaptation planning and implementation in this side event.This event showcased lessons learned and best practices in creating strategic links to NAP processes that present an opportunity to establish mechanisms for channeling finance to local levels. Representatives from Africa and Latin America shared their diverse experience with local adaptation planning and implementation.

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Contact

For more information on the NAP Global Network's activities and engagements, contact the Secretariat team at info@napglobalnetwork.org

For media enquiries, please contact Senior Communications Officer Catherine Burge at cburge@iisd.ca.

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Highlights from COP26

At the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, the NAP Global Network Secretariat participated in side events and met with country delegates to discuss how the Network can best support national adaptation planning and action in developing countries.

There were also important funding announcements at COP26. As seen in the video below, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced funding to support national adaptation planning and action in developing countries at COP26.

 

Canada, United States, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom fund climate adaptation in vulnerable countries

At the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26), Canada, Germany, the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom announced funding to support national adaptation planning and action in developing countries to build the climate resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems.

November 8, 2021 at the U.S. Center at COP 26. Esteemed panelists from the U.S., Grenada, Burkina Faso, Ireland, Canada, and the U.K. all advocated for the importance of National Adaptation Plans.

Canada announces CAD 10 million in funding to accelerate climate adaptation planning and action in developing countries

The Canadian government has announced that it will provide CAD 10 million in funding for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network to support developing countries in accelerating their efforts to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, making the funding announcement at the COP26 Africa Adaptation Acceleration Summit.
Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, making the funding announcement at the COP26 Africa Adaptation Acceleration Summit.

To share insights, experience, and research on national adaptation planning processes, the NAP Global Network Secretariat took part in several side events—some of which are highlighted below. Watch the recordings on our website.

Adaptation: From Planning to Action

This event highlighted lessons learned by countries developing their NAPs to the UNFCCC. New funding announcements also took place from donor countries to facilitate and build capacity for national adaptation planning and implementation.

Trevor Thompson, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Grenada, shared the lessons he learned through peer learning exchanges organized by the NAP Global Network.
Capacity Building for Adaptation Action: Focus on Adaptation Communications

With respect to capacity building for adaptation action, in particular, representatives from Viet Nam and eSwatini shared their experiences with Adaptation Communications (ADCOM).

Thanh Nga Tran, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam, suggested the process of stocktaking can be problematic in a highly decentralized country.
Testing the Theory: Building capacity for vertical integration of adaptation

This session, led by the NAP Global Network, explored the real-world challenges involved in strategically linking adaptation efforts across various levels of governance, including through collaboration with non-state actors.

Vositha Wijenayake, Executive Director of the SLYCAN Trust, Sri Lanka, highlighted important steps of the NAP process that should be conducted at the local-level to then better inform national-level decision-makers.

For the NAP Global Network, COP26 presented a critical opportunity to connect with some of our country partners in person. Anne Hammill, Senior Director of the Resilience Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), which hosts the NAP Global Network Secretariat, sat down with delegates to discuss how the NAP Global Network can support their country's NAP process.

Follow the NAP Global Network on Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on key moments at COP27.


Hammill met the (then) Minister of Environment, Green Economy, and Climate Change of Burkina Faso, Siméon Sawadogo, at COP26.


Hammill met with Vice Minister of Environment and Strategic Development of Natural Resources of Peru's Ministry of Environment, Alfredo Mamani Salinas, to discuss the next steps for implementing the country’s NAP.

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