Climate Change

Adaptation : an essential element of the Durban outcome

According to the president of COP-17

Té / 23 November 2011

“Adaptation is an essential element of the outcome in Durban, particularly for Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and Africa”, as indicated by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, and President-Designate of COP 17/CMP 7, adding that “equal priority must be given to adaptation and mitigation”.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figures, has signalled that progress on adaptation at COP 17 is imperative, particularly for African nations: “As Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions in the context of climate change, the African continent has much to gain from strengthened and coordinated adaptation action, which will be so desperately needed as climate change effects such as droughts and floods increase even further than where they are now”.

Progress will be made on operationalizing the Cancun Adaptation Framework, further developing the Nairobi work programme, agreeing on activities related to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and NAPAs, and progressing 1/CP.10.

A variety of adaptation side events will be held in Durban. An event on UN System Support to Adaptation: Progress and Opportunities for Enhanced Action, featuring a number of UN organisations: UNFCCC, UN/ISDR, WFP, UNICEF, IFRC, UN-Habitat, WMO, UNDP, UNU, FAO, UNCCD, OCHA, CBD, WHO, UNFPA and UNEP, will be held on 5 December 2011, 13:15 -14:45.

This event will feature panellists from UN agencies and programmes, and key partners, and highlight a range of successful and potentially innovative adaptation approaches aimed at reducing vulnerability, managing risk and strengthening key capacity to build people’s resilience across a range of issues and sectors.

Another event will look at the experience of LDCs and the LDC Expert Group (LEG) with NAPAs, to be held on 29 November 2011, 18:30 - 20:00. The LEG and LDC Parties will continue to share experiences including best practices and lessons learned on the NAPA process to facilitate discussions on national adaptation plans. The LEG will also present the ouputs of the activities undertaken in 2011 and the activities planned for 2012.

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