Chronology - Adaptation Committee
29 September to 1 October: Sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn,
At its sixth meeting the
Adaptation Committee discussed progress on its enhanced collaboration with related
processes under the Convention, in particular the Least Developed Countries Expert Group
(LEG), the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Standing Committee on Finance
(SCF). This includes a number of activities planned jointly, such as an AC/LEG workshop on
NAPs and collaboration with Nairobi work programme partners on a workshop on economic
diversification and livelihoods, both scheduled for 2015.
Another highlight was progress made on the third thematic workshop planned for 2015, which
the AC is organizing under its work stream on means to incentivize the implementation of
adaptation action. The AC fleshed out further details on that workshop which is planned to
be held during the first quarter of 2015.
The Adaptation Committee further refined a draft thematic report entitled
"Institutional arrangements for national adaptation planning and implementation"
which will be launched during COP 20 in Lima.
The next meeting of the AC is scheduled to take place in early 2015. The AC is further
exploring possibilities to collaborate with UNEP in the organization of the next Adaptation
Forum in the context of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN) in early March. The Adaptation
Forum would focus on the topic of building partnerships and strengthening
regional adaptation networks.
26–27 September: Meeting of the NAP Task Force with representatives from UN
agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations and NGOs
The sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee was preceded by a two-day interactive
discussion of the AC's Task Force on National Adaptation Plans (NAP Task Force) with
representatives from UN agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations and NGOs
supporting the NAP process. The discussion focused on support for NAPs and explored how
organizations can best support the process. The findings of that meeting fed into AC6 where
the Committee considered possible next steps, which have been included in the
of the AC to COP 20.
5–7 March: Fifth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At the fifth meeting of
the Adaptation Committee members elected new Co-Chairs, Mr. Juan Pablo Hoffmaister
(Bolivia) and Ms. Christina Chan (US). The agenda spanned a wide range of topics,
including activities geared towards developing strong working linkages between global,
regional and national levels. One of the results in this area was the establishment of a
new working group under the Adaptation Committee focusing on technical support for
Strengthening National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) was a further emphasis of AC5, with the
initial meeting of the Adaptation Committee’s task force on National Adaptation Plans
(NAPs) taking place. Members of the NAP Task Force initiated consideration of a work plan (232 kB) at the meeting and were able to finalize and publish
it soon after.
1–4 April: Joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work
The Adaptation Committee, in collaboration with the Nairobi work programme, held a
meeting on available tools
for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of
local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and
tools for adaptation. The observations and findings made at the meeting are available
in the meeting report: FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.11.
11–22 November: COP 19, Warsaw, Poland
The COP, by decision 16/CP.19, welcomed
the report of the Adaptation Committee and noted with appreciation the progress made by the
Adaptation Committee in the implementation of its 3-year workplan, in
particular the progress made in promoting coherence
in adaptation under the Convention, the 2013
thematic report on the state of adaptation, the first annual Adaptation
Forum and the establishment of the task force on national adaptation plans. Parties
also welcomed the elaboration of the activities in the 3-year workplan (128 kB) under
three workstreams in order to enhance overall coherence.The Adaptation Committee was
encouraged to continue its work on providing technical support and guidance to the Parties,
in particular in the area of national adaptation plans, and to seek
further coherence and synergy with other relevant bodies and programmes
under the Convention.
9–11 September: Workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, Nadi,
A workshop on monitoring
and evaluation of adaptation took place in Nadi, Fiji, from 9–11 September 2013.
The Adaptation Committee organized this workshop in order to build on and contribute to
existing processes related to the topic. The workshop engaged leaders in the monitoring and
evaluation of adaptation with expertise in implementing adaptation at different levels,
including the national, programme and project levels, from governments, regional
organizations, development banks, bilateral technical cooperation agencies, research
institutions and civil society. The workshop report will be made available on the
Adaptation Committee’s web pages. Following its consideration of that report in early
2014, the Adaptation Committee will provide COP 20 with recommendations and guidance for
5–7 September: Fourth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Nadi, Fiji
At its fourth meeting the
Adaptation Committee was able to significantly progress its work in the area of promoting
coherence in adaptation under the Convention, which is a standing item on its agenda. The
Committee identified areas of collaboration with other bodies under the Convention,
including the Nairobi work programme on
impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and the Least Developed Countries
Expert Group. It established a task force on NAPs, aiming to further support developing
countries seeking to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans. Furthermore, the
Adaptation Committee elaborated on developing synergies with organizations, centres and
networks outside of the Convention. The Committee also discussed a number of activities
aimed at providing technical support and guidance to the Parties in two main areas: on
adaptation actions and on means of implementation, which include finance, technology and
capacity-building. It also finalized work on its first
thematic report, which aims at providing a snapshot of the state of adaptation under
the Convention and how it has evolved to this point. A comprehensive account on the
Adaptation Committee's work in 2013 is included in document FCCC/SB/2013/2.
18–20 June: Third meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At its third meeting the
Adaptation Committee made good progress on the implementation of its three-year work plan.
Constructive discussion resulted in the definition of next steps in key areas of the
AC's work, such as promoting coherence of adaptation under the Convention, including on
means of implementation; and preparation of a workshop on monitoring and evaluation of
adaptation. The AC also finalized a call for
submissions to regional institutions and UN agencies on information on their support
5–8 March: Second meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
The Adaptation Committee held its second meeting from
5–8 March 2013. The Committee elaborated on next steps in the implementation of its
three-year work plan (142 kB) agreed in Doha. Topics discussed at the
meeting included, inter alia, coherence and collaboration on adaptation-related matters
under the Convention, information on support for adaptation in developing countries, work
related to national adaptation planning for LDCs and non-LDC developing Parties, initial
scoping of a workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, as well as the Adaptation
Committee’s response to a call for views on long-term finance.
29 November – 8 December, COP 18 , Doha, Qatar
The COP, at its 18th session, approved the first
report of the Adaptation Committee without any amendments. The report contains
information on the work of the Committee during its first year, as well as recommendations
to the COP on support for the national adaptation plan process for LDC and non-LDC Parties.
The report also contains the three-year work plan (142 kB) and the rules of procedure
of the Adaptation Committee.
7–10 September, First meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bangkok,
After an extended waiting period due to the late submission of nominations, the Adaptation
Committee held its inaugural meeting
in Bangkok, Thailand. The Committee elected its Chair and
Vice-Chair and established a three-year work plan. The Committee also agreed on a
set of rules of procedures which are based on the provisions established at COP 17.
28 November–9 December: COP 17, Durban, South Africa
At AWG-LCA 14, part 4, followed by COP 17, Parties agreed on
the composition of, and modalities and procedures for the Adaptation Committee. In
addition, they defined linkages with other
institutions under and outside the Convention and agreed on an indicative list of
activities for the Committee to consider when developing its workplan.
1–7 October, Climate Change Conference, Panama City, Panama
At AWG-LCA 14, part 3, Parties, based on the facilitator's note from Bonn, focused
their discussions on modalities and activities of the Adaptation Committee. Following
additional inputs from Parties and groups of Parties, Parties agreed to forward to AWG-LCA
14, part 4 a draft decision text, which would serve as the basis for finalizing
negotiations on making the Adaptation Committee operational.
6–17 June, Climate Change Conference Bonn, Germany
At AWG-LCA 14, part 2, Parties began their discussions on the Adaptation Committee in
earnest and considered issues such as operational and organizational modalities and
procedures; composition, expertise and terms of office for members, and links with
institutions and bodies under and outside the Convention. Parties agreed to forward to
AWG-LCA 14, part 3, a note by the Facilitator containing a draft decision text, which would
serve as a basis for negotiations.
5–8 April, Climate Change Conference Bangkok, Thailand
At AWG-LCA14, part 1, Parties had before them views
(see also Add.1
and a synthesis
report on the proposed composition, modalities, procedures and linkages of the
Adaptation Committee in order for them to develop a draft decision on the Adaptation
Committee to be adopted by COP 17.
29 November-10 December 2010, COP 16, Cancun, Mexico
Parties adopted the Cancun
Adaptation Framework (CAF) as part of the Cancun Agreements. In the Agreements, Parties
affirmed that adaptation must be addressed with the same level of priority as mitigation.
The CAF was the result of three years of negotiations on adaptation under the AWG-LCA that
followed the adoption of the Bali
Action Plan (BAP) at COP 13 in Bali, Indonesia. The BAP sought to enable the full,
effective and sustained implementation of the Convention through long-term cooperative
action, now, up to and beyond 2012.
As agreed by Parties, enhanced 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 in developing country Parties, taking into
account the urgent and immediate needs of those developing countries that are particularly
vulnerable. Parties as part of the CAF:
- Initiated a process to enable LDC Parties - building upon their experience with the
- to formulate and implement National Adaptation
Plans and extended an invitation to other developing country Parties to employ the
modalities formulated to support those plans;
- Established a work programme to consider approaches to address loss and damage associated
with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the
adverse effects of climate change;
- Established an Adaptation Committee to promote the implementation of enhanced actions
on adaptation in a coherent manner under the Convention.
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