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As part of the Cancun Adaptation Framework, Parties established the Adaptation Committee to promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation in a coherent manner under the Convention, inter alia, through the following functions:
  1. Providing technical support and guidance to the Parties;
  2. Sharing of relevant information, knowledge, experience and good practices;
  3. Promoting synergy and strengthening engagement with national, regional and international organizations, centres and networks;
  4. Providing information and recommendations, drawing on adaptation good practices, for consideration by the COP when providing guidance on means to incentivize the implementation of adaptation actions, including finance, technology and capacity-building;
  5. Considering information communicated by Parties on their monitoring and review of adaptation actions, support provided and received.

New: The fifth meeting of the Adaptation Committee took place in Bonn, Germany, from 5 to 7 March 2014.


The Adaptation Committee comprises 16 members including representatives from the five UN regional groups, SIDS, LDC, Non-Annex I and Annex I Parties, who shall serve in their personal capacity A full set of rules of procedure, drawing upon the provisions decided by COP 17, was approved at COP 18. The AC further elaborated on these, also taking into account a decision by COP 19 to replace the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair by the positions of Co-Chairs. At its 5th meeting the AC agreed on a set of revised rules of procedure.
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  • The Adaptation Committee held its first Adaptation Forum on 19 November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. The forum aims at raising awareness and profile of adaptation globally by highlighting ideas on what a resilient future should be, as voiced at the Forum by a panel of leaders and visionaries, as well as Adaptation Committee members and the audience. A short highlights video will be complemented by a comprehensive documentary.

  • The first thematic report by the Adaptation Committee on the State of Adaptation under the Convention has been published
    All countries face the challenge of adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change. Wider and faster action and international cooperation on adaptation is urgently required to enable and support the implementation of adaptation actions aimed at reducing vulnerability and building resilience around the world. The UNFCCC Adaptation Committee has launched a new report, which is designed to increase awareness of the Convention’s evolving adaptation agenda and to encourage enhanced contributions to the global effort of responding to the adaptation challenge. The Adaptation Committee seeks to promote enhanced adaptation action both within and outside of the UNFCCC.
    Download the report The State of Adaptation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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