NAP Global Network at COP 28

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | November 30–December 12, 2023

The 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) will bring together representatives from nearly 200 countries in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023.

The conference will be a significant milestone in assessing the global progress in achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals on adaptation and mitigation. At COP 28, the 2-year process to prepare the first-ever Global Stocktake (GST) will conclude. Its outcomes are expected to include feasible solutions for scaling up ambitions in national adaptation plans (NAPs) and nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

The conference will also be pivotal for the discussions on the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA), established in 2015 to enhance adaptive capacity and resilience while reducing climate change vulnerability. Participants will take stock of the progress made toward the GGA, including proposals for its frameworks, methods, and metrics, with the overarching goal of operationalizing the GGA.

The NAP Global Network Secretariat team will be in Dubai to connect with our country partners, exploring insights and lessons on NAP processes, engaging in discussions around the GST and the GGA, and tracking what adaptation-related negotiations will mean for NAP processes in years to come.

The NAP Global Network’s engagements at COP 28 will focus on

  • vertical integration in the NAP process
  • monitoring, evaluation, and learning of the NAP process
  • peace, conflict, and NAP processes
  • gender-responsive and socially inclusive NAP processes
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Schedule of events

Events featuring NAP Global Network representatives as panelists

When: Saturday, December 2, 3–4:30 p.m. Dubai time (UTC +4)
Where:  ADB Pavilion
Host: Asian Development Bank

Adverse impacts of climate change are posing serious and growing threats to inclusive sustainable socio-economic development and undermining progress in poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific region. This underscores the urgency of scaling up investments in climate adaptation and resilience. Recent years have witnessed significant progress by countries in Asia and the Pacific region in preparing the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). However, the question is how do we ensure the adaptation priorities identified in these plans are able to secure financing and are implemented on the round? This would require bridging the gap between adaptation planning and financing.

The session will provide a venue for countries to share experiences on implementation of their NAPs and directions being taken towards developing adaptation investment plans. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities in pursuing adaptation planning and the wider enabling environment needed in countries and within the wider global climate finance architecture for sustainable outcomes.

When: Friday, December 8, 2–3 p.m. Dubai time (UTC +4)
Where: CARICOM Pavilion
Host: Climate Analytics

At the COP28 launch of the proposal for a Regional Goal on Adaptation, Climate Analytics Caribbean looks forward to furthering our goal of addressing the gap between global advocacy on climate change, and driving regional and domestic climate action. Central to achieving this is the advancement of climate science, policy research and analysis and support for the right of equitable public participation in decision-making.

This event will engage Caribbean leaders and policy makers on the proposal for a Regional Goal on Adaptation and will kick off the endorsement process by Caribbean governments to formally adopt a Regional Goal on Adaptation for the region.

When: Sunday, December 10, 1:30 p.m. Dubai time (UTC +4)
Where:  Bangladesh Pavilion
Host: Global Center on Adaptation

What do local governments have to do with a Global Stocktake of progress on the Paris Agreement?

COP28 will conclude the first Global Stocktake of collective progress in implementing the Paris Agreement since its adoption in 2015.  It will result in a political outcome at COP28, summarizing key political messages, opportunities, good practices, and challenges to enhance climate action and support, to help governments prepare more ambitious national climate action plans, due in 2025.

Local governments clearly have a central role to play in transformational adaptation, by ensuring that:

  • Adaptation is informed and driven by local contexts, populations and priorities
  • Enabling environments are created for adaptation to be transformative and effective
  • There is space for experiential and niche learning
  • A common vision exists, that is shared by government and non-government stakeholders, and aligned with their strategic priorities
  • Strong bottom-up governance is grounded in local contexts
  • Phased long-term program support and appropriate financing is available

This event at COP28 will bring together local government representatives to discuss the extent to which they are prepared to take on the challenge of transformative adaptation and the support they need to make this happen.


When: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Where: Action Arena - Al Wakri, Zone B7

UNEP’s annual Adaptation Gap Report is indicating the need for increased action to reduce vulnerability and build resilience. However, progress in adaptation is slowing. Hence, the planning, implementation, and finance gaps in adaptation keep widening and leading to more losses and damages.

This UNFCCC mandated UNEP event features high-level opening remarks from UNEP’s Executive Director and UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary and a presentation of the key findings of the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2023.

This is followed by a panel discussion focusing on the importance of increasing adaptation effectiveness, while assessing progress in global adaptation efforts, reducing loss and damage, and evaluating the current adaptation finance gap.

An increase in adaptation effectiveness and adaptation finance is at the heart of the discussions necessary to bridge the science-policy-action gap, particularly with a need to inform the Global Stocktake, the Global Goal on Adaptation, and the deliberations on the loss and damage fund and funding arrangements.

Watch the event recording.

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