On 2 – 14 December 2018 the UNFCCC COP 24 will be held in Katowice, Poland bringing together representatives from national governments and numerous non-Party stakeholders from various fields. The most important task of COP 24 will be to finalise and adopt the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, so as to ensure it can take into effect in 2020.
Apart from the negotiations around the Paris Agreement Work Programme, the conference will see a number of other events, including the global climate action events and roundtables, the Talanoa Dialogue and numerous side events. Various members of the nrg4SD, as well as the Secretariat, will be in Katowice representing the voice of regional governments at the conference.
In addition, the conference will see the launch of the RegionsAdapt 2018 Report: Multi-level governance in climate change adaptation. The report contains data from 38 regional governments, who are members of the RegionsAdapt initiative and who disclosed their data on climate risks and adaptation efforts to CDP’s states and regions platform. It is the third annual report of the initiative using the data provided by members of the initiative as one of the commitments they agree upon by joining the initiative. This year, current and future risks resulting from climate change impacts that have been reported include 185 physical risks, as well as 97 socio-economic risks and 79 risks to regional governments’ water supply. Extreme rainfall events were the climate change impact causing most of the physical risks to the territories of the disclosing governments, followed by heat waves, droughts and more hot days. The most common water supply risks that have been reported are increased water stress or scarcity, declining water quality and flooding, whereas the most reported socio-economic risks from climate change are the increased risk to already vulnerable populations, health risks and increased incidents and prevalence of disease.
Responding to the urgency to act that arises from these risks from climate change, the disclosing regional governments are developing and implementing different adaptation strategies and actions. In total, 165 adaptation actions addressing the physical risks, 42 additional actions focusing on the socio-economic risks, as well as 61 additional adaptation actions in response to water supply risks resulting from climate change, have been reported. This shows the determination of regional governments to provide for resilient territories and societies, creating a safer future for their citizens. This year’s RegionsAdapt report also touches upon the topic of multi-level governance, confirming the need for vertical integration of adaptation policies. As confirmed by the Paris Agreement, adaptation needs to be addressed by all levels of government. Therefore, more than half of the regions that reported their data, are involved in the development and/ or implementation of their national adaptation policies. In addition, those regional governments recognise the importance of ensuring that local realities are reflected adaptation plans and are involving their local counterparts.
The RegionsAdapt Report 2018: Multi-level governance in climate adaptation will be launched on 8 December 10:00 – 11:00 within the premises of the Action Hub at the COP 24 venue.
Other events hosted and co-hosted by nrg4SD
The “Human Settlements Action Event: Integrated and Multilevel Action to Raise Ambition”, which takes place on 7 December from 10:00 to 13:00. The event is co-organised by nrg4SD and consists of three different panel discussions: 1) integrated climate action; 2) zero-emission and resilient buildings and construction; 3) Financing multi-level climate action, with nrg4SD coordinating the first panel. The concept note of the event can be found here.
On 13 December 15:00 – 16:30 nrg4SD will hold its official side event “Integrating adaptation and the SDGs – The potential of multi-level governance” together with the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP). The will discuss the potential of integrating adaptation and sustainable development on different governance levels. It will showcase cooperation between national and subnational governments in order to align the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As has been done in previous years, the nrg4SD will prepare a briefing on COP 24 for nrg4SD members. In it can be found not only relevant information on the Conference, but also on nrg4SD planned events and other relevant events that may be of interest to our members.