COP23, hosted by Fiji at the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, saw the involvement of Southern Voices partners from across the Global South. With arrivals from Nepal; Malawi; Vietnam; Nicaragua; Sri Lanka and regional facilitators from across Africa, Asia and Latin America, lessons on promoting pro-poor adaptation and progress at the COP negotiations were high on the agenda.
The right brief at the right time
As the commitments on the Paris Agreement have taken hold, SVA’s adaptation communication policy brief complemented the international community's discussions on how to report progress in preparation for the global stock-take. Specifically it calls for information on multi-stakeholder engagement, pro-poor adaptation, policy examples and assessment of the 'adaptation gap' to be included. Additional reccomendations include linkages to the nationally determined contributions, alongside reporting both past and future activites. Finally, a common format is proposed to allow for aggregated data retrieval.
Learning from Southern Voices
This COP represented an opportunity to think over lessons learned from the Joint Principles of Adaptation in advocacy for pro-poor and inclusive adaptation. SV-Adapt’s workshop allowed partners to take stock of milestones reached (find the SV-Adapt milestone leaflet here). Achievements were also noted at the international level, with the JPA receiving plaudits from the UNFCCC. Nonetheless, this was also a chance to look towards the future, with SV-Adapt inviting new southern partners to take part.
Spreading lessons on adaption
SVA partners shared their experiences with colleagues and organisations across the COP. At the high-profile side event, Climate and Development Days, CISONECC’s Maggie Ngwira featured as the only civil society panel participant in a session on vertical integration in NAPs (National Adaptation Plans). Organised by the NAP Global Programme, Maggie contributed her knowledge on the involvement of local level actors and women in Malawi's NAP. (Find the NAP Global Network's event summary here)
What COP23 showed for SV-Adapt partners and climate-vulnerable countries alike is the continued need for collaboration, CSO involvement and advocacy to maintain the momentum behind climate adaptation. Demonstrated by the success of the JPA and the need for the adaptation communication policy brief, the commitments laid out in the Paris Agreement 2020 goals point towards the centrality of inclusivity, multi-stakeholder involvement and coordination to ensure success.