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At COP21 in Paris, partner networks attended from most countries where SV-Adapt is working. They were there engaging with their governments and other actors to promote an ambitious outcome of Paris, with a sharp focus on measures to promote pro-poor adaptation.
Southern Voices organized a number of events running parallel to the official COP21 climate negotiations, with joint efforts to: 
  • Launch the updated Joint Principles for Adaptation v. 3 and promote it as a useful tool in promoting equitable and pro-poor adaptation frameworks
  • Share our lessons over the past two years of using the JPA – through the report “Putting Principles into Practice”
  • Meet and interact between SV-Adapt networks and friends, and plan joint efforts in the coming years – in particular at the Southern Voices evening on December 7.

Southern Voices organized the following events:

Friday Dec 4th: Principles for inclusive and effective
national adaptation plans and policies side event
Speakers from Pakistan and Sri Lanka – including federal and state ministers - presented their initiatives on inclusive adaptation planning involving civil society and many other stakeholders. Southern Voices partners from Ghana and Nicaragua presented their results from using the Joint Principles for Adaptation, and the JPA was formally launched by the moderator - the Africa regional facilitator for Southern Voices. The event attracted close to 170 participants, and it was covered by Pakistani and Sri Lankan news media, including television.The side-event was coordinated by the Governments of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Centro Humboldt in Nicaragua, CAN-South Asia and  SDPI in Pakistan. Download the program.
D og CSunday Dec 6th: SV-Adapt featured at Development & Climate Days
Development & Climate Days – zero poverty, zero emissions, organized by IIED, ODI and Red Cross Climate Centre, ran over two days on 5-6 December (read about the Development & Climate Days). On Sunday Dec 6, Herbert Mwalukomo, SVA regional facilitator from Malawi, presented the JPA and our lessons learnt in session 9B - Success of climate and development – adaptation in LDC’s (Least Developed Countries). The session was facilitated by Dr. Saleemul Huq, director of International Center for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh, and it attracted 50-60 participants.  


Monday 7th: Southern Voices evening
On the evening of December 7, Southern Voices had a meeting and dinner together with partners and friends. The meeting focused on how the JPA have been put into practice up until now – by partners as well as other civil society organizations – drawing on the new report Putting Principles into Practice. Lessons learnt, challenges and future prospects of the JPA – after COP21 – were also discussed. Read about tne SV evening.

Other relevant activities / events
Apart from the events already mentioned, there were a number of other relevant events and activities during COP21 on issues related to adaptation plans and policies – where the JPA were presented by SVA-partners.

 Among other sessions, the SV-Adapt were present at the following events:

  • The Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) annual meeting for focal points 30 November, where we volunteered to join a new working group for determining the future course of the NWP – and in particular for linking local – national and international adaptation efforts (Peter, Vositha Herbert)
  • Yussif Nafisatu from ABANTU Ghana contributed in a side-event “Green Climate Fund: How to address the adaptation needs of the most vulnerable” co-organized by PACJA and CARE Green Climate Fund: How to address the adaptation needs of the most vulnerable   
  • Minh Nguyen from  CCWG Vietnam presented the JPA at the event “Climate Change Adaptation: Lesson and needs” in the Vietnam Pavillon on 8 December
  • Tania Guillén Bolanos, from Centro Humboldt Nicaragua, presented the JPA – en espanol- in the Indigenous Pavillon at the Climate Generation Area on 7th December

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