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Global Goal on Adaptation: From Concept to Practice

This report contains recommendations to significantly advance action under the Global Goal on Adaptation by 2018, a key international climate policy moment; this is essential to build resilience for the poorest and most vulnerable people, communities, ecosystems, and countries. This report introduces the concept of the Global Goal on Adaptation and recommends a set of actions in the areas of National Adaptation Planning, climate finance, and capacity building.

The Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) was established in the Paris Agreement with the aim of “enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the global temperature goal.” The establishment of the GGA was widely supported as part of the strategy to increase focus on adaptation in the Agreement.

CARE demands the climate talks, specifically at COP22 in Marrakech, follow through on leaders’ promises in the Paris Agreement to protect people and their livelihoods, and ecosystems from increasingly severe climate impacts. The climate crisis we face today is a result of historical greenhouse gas emissions primarily from developed countries and already posing an unjust burden on developing countries.

In this report, CARE, ActionAid and WWF make nine key recommendations, aimed at accelerating adaptation action in preparation for 2018, which is a significant political milestone for the climate policy agenda. This ambitious timeline is necessary to support urgent implementation to safeguard the most vulnerable and fulfilling towards the objective of GGA. In addition, progress on adaptation can contribute towards creating momentum for other UNFCCC processes taking place that year.