The GCCA’s second global event, taking place from 18 to 20 September 2013, brought together over 150 international development and climate change practitioners with those responsible for negotiating international agreements in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Our aim was to inform the international climate debate by linking development and climate practitioners with negotiators on issues of common interest ahead of the next Conference of the Parties, when the 195 Parties to the UNFCCC will meet.
Partner country climate change negotiators and experts joined lead development partners, European Union Member State representatives and European Commission staff for three days of discussion and dialogue in Brussels, where they extracted lessons learned from the GCCA’s experiences to date to inform the international climate change debate. Participants also included representatives from regional organisations involved in the GCCA, the African Caribbean Pacific Secretariat and EU Delegations.
The event explored topics that are of critical importance to both climate negotiators and practitioners:
1. From NAPAs to NAPs, NAMAs, LEDS and DRR strategies*: the role of country-led climate and DRR mainstreaming
2. Making climate finance effective: strengthening national public financial management and budgetary systems
3. From forests to sustainable land management: creating synergies between adaptation and mitigation
4. Monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV): what are the implications for strengthening climate information and national monitoring systems?
For more information, please read the flyer or click here for access to the web page of the conference.
The GCCA is the European Union initiative to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on climate change with developing countries most vulnerable to climate change, in particular LDCs and SIDS. The GCCA comprises 45 programmes in 35 countries and across 8 regions within an envelope of €290 million.
*NAPAs: national adaptation programmes of action; NAPs: national adaptation plans; NAMAs: nationally appropriate mitigation actions; LEDS: low-emission development strategies; DRR: disaster risk reduction