• Overview

The 2nd Global Adaptation Network Forum will focus on some of the most pressing challenges for climate change adaptation and provide an opportunity for decision makers, policy experts and practitioners to share knowledge and experience on how to address these challenges.

News headlines draw attention, on an almost daily basis, to the impact of climate change around the world. The policy world is responding. The 2015 Paris Agreement includes, for the first time, a Global Adaptation Goal. The UN climate conference in Bonn in November 2017, under the Presidency of Fiji, underscored the importance of building climate resilience. But there is still a need to identify the most effective solutions to adaptation problems and to have the mechanisms in place to share that knowledge. The Forum will provide a venue to address these issues. Its results are intended to inform discussions and deliberations later in the year, including the meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Global Climate Action Summit.

The Forum will be organized jointly by UN Environment’s Global Adaptation Network and Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. Holding the Forum in Abu Dhabi provides an opportunity to consider some of the specific challenges in Gulf region, including how to ensure continued access to clean freshwater. The solutions developed in the region can be of relevance in other parts of the world.

There are four main themes for the Forum. These are:

  1. From the Gulf to the World

This theme will consider the specific adaptation challenges facing Gulf States. It will consider the solutions and technologies that are being developed in the region. It will then turn to the issue of whether and how these solutions and technologies can be applied elsewhere. The role of the private sector in all stages will be examined.

  1. Adaptation metrics: assessing risks and progress

The question of how to measure and assess different aspects of adaptation is becoming increasingly important. The private sector, including investors, would like to have a common metric for measuring physical climate risk. Many countries would like to be able to assess their progress towards becoming climate resilient. This theme will tackle these issues.

  1. Adaptation Learning

There are different ways of developing, sharing and applying adaptation knowledge. This theme will consider some recent models and new institutions that are active in this area. Topics include: the role of universities in supporting resilience; the recently launched Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, the UN Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R) and the value of face-to-face learning exchanges.

  1. Reaching the most vulnerable

It is widely recognized that adaptation policy and practice must reach the most vulnerable in society. However, to date that practice does not live up to this. This theme will consider the risks faced by different particularly vulnerable groups and communities and consider the actions needed to address those risks more effectively.

Cross-cutting theme: Adaptation and non-state actors

In addition to the four main themes, there will also be a cross-cutting theme on the role of non-state actors, including the private sector, in adaptation.

The Global Adaptation Network (GAN) promotes the mobilization and sharing of climate change adaptation knowledge and experiences that are critical for informing decision making, planning and practice. GAN links regional networks and partners in Asia-Pacific (APAN), Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA), Africa (AAKNet), West Asia (WARN-CC) and the United States (US EPA and EcoAdapt), helping them exchange knowledge, experiences and lessons learned.

For further information please contact Essey Daniel at essey.daniel[at]un.org

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