Progressing the Global Goal on Adaptation — key issues
The Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) established under the Paris Agreement aims to drive collective action on climate adaptation. But to effectively measure progress, the international community must address conceptual, methodological and capacity issues. The framework of the GGA will strongly influence what type of adaptation action will be prioritised — in other words, what will count in the eyes of the international community.
There has been little progress on establishing guidelines for operationalising the GGA, despite the first progress review being due in 2023 as part of the Global Stocktake. The international community and UNFCCC bodies must ensure that the processes designed under the GGA balance robustness with supporting the needs and capacities of developing countries, where adaptation efforts are most required.