The Global Goal on Adaptation: A SIDS perspective

ODI and AOSIS

This technical paper explores the critical issues in defining a Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) and proposes a way forward based on the principle and the desire of SIDS to see a country-driven process for defining and measuring the GGA at global level.

For SIDS, the most critical issue is how progress on adaptation is measured. SIDS face distinct pressures from climate change and development challenges and need to be able to define their own targets.

But for national adaptation needs and progress to be meaningfully represented in a GGA, a common framework is needed for (a) measuring climate risks in critical sectors; (b) identifying and prioritising adaptation options; (c) developing an investment and financing plan; and (d) setting targets and measuring progress. Standardised methodologies are needed for the GGA to become an aggregate of how well countries are doing in priority sectors and hence feed into the Global Stocktake.

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