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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.


The sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee took place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 September to 1 October 2014

pdf-icon Work plan of the Task Force on National Adaptation Plans (NAP Task Force) is now available online (232 kB)

Special event organized by the Adaptation Committee during the Bonn Climate Change Conference


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.
As part of its three-year workplan, the Adaptation Committee agreed to produce thematic reports in 2013 and 2014 and a comprehensive overview report in 2015. The Adaptation Committee agreed to compile a list of regional centres and networks working on adaptation, with a view to strengthening their role in supporting country-driven adaptation actions.
Linkages to adaptation related workstreams, bodies and institutions under the Convention, as well as relevant external institutions, organizations, frameworks, networks and centres Please address any questions and suggestions for support to the work of the Adaptation Committee to

Recent activities



  • 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


  • The first Adaptation Forum took place in Warsaw on 19 November 2013. It brought together a panel of leaders and visionaries who laid out their visions for a resilient future.



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