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Global Goal on Adaptation and the road from Dubai

  • Published
    26th Dec, 2023

Context:

Implementing GGA needs more urgency in terms of treating adaptation on a par with mitigation in the face of extreme climate events.

COP28 and Global Adaptation Efforts

  • Milestone at COP28: COP28 marks a shift in addressing global adaptation concerns, guided by the Paris Agreement.
  • GGA Framework Adoption: Culmination of efforts from COP26 and COP27; reflects urgency in treating adaptation equally with mitigation.
  • Climate Change Impact: Extreme weather events at 1.1°C demand urgent adaptation measures, highlighting the need for a balanced approach.

Challenges in GGA Implementation and Measurement

  • Framework Targets: GGA aims at climate hazard assessments, multi-hazard early warning systems, and adaptation plans by 2030.
  • Implementation Challenges: National conditions, administrative capacity, and economic development crucial for global goals to trickle down.
  • Measuring Progress: Lack of universal metrics for adaptation; COP28 draft decision emphasizes the widening adaptation finance gap.

Climate Financing Disparities

  • Climate Financing Bias: Disproportionate focus on mitigation; financing favors global benefits over local adaptation efforts.
  • Adaptation Finance Gap: COP28 acknowledges the widening gap; repeated calls to double adaptation finance by 2025.
  • GGA Limitations: Despite positive developments, GGA falls short in treating adaptation equally with mitigation, necessitating a balanced approach.
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