IISD at COP 28

30 November – 12 December 2023 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates


At COP 28, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will focus its events on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs): how they prepare communities for climate change impacts; the lessons learned in tracking them; how regional governments are making strides; and how to lower the barrier to create effective plans.

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COP 28 will see the conclusion of the inaugural global stocktake under the Paris Agreement, capping a two-year process of intensive technical work, expert submissions, and more. This will be a critical opportunity to assess collective progress across the globe in achieving the Paris Agreement’s objectives on mitigation, adaptation, and means of implementation and support—and how far we still have to go.

The successful outcome of the UN climate negotiations must include actionable and equitable solutions to ratchet up ambition in new and updated Nationally Determined Contributions and other climate policy instruments such as National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

As a medium- to long-term response to the climate crisis, many countries are developing and implementing NAPs, as well as designing monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems. However, despite the urgent need to see results and understand the progress made, few countries currently track and report on implementation of their NAPs, or systematically disseminate and promote their NAPs to diverse audiences.

At COP 28, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will actively engage some of the world's leading thinkers on various topics of sustainable development, including NAPs.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) will cover the following IISD events at COP 28:

  • 3 December, Using Progress Reporting to Advance Your NAP: How countries track and assess progress
  • 6 December, Subnational Governments Leadership in Driving NAP and NDC Implementation
  • 11 December, Making NAPs More Efficient: New Solutions to Bridge the NAP Gap

The ENB writers for these events are Laura Bullon-Cassis, Ph.D.; Marc Calabretta; Timothy Neff, Ph.D.; and Wanja Nyingi, Ph.D. The Digital Editors are Ángeles Estrada and Matthew TenBruggencate. The Editor is Leila Mead. Video coverage by Tasha Goldberg and Felipe Ruiz.

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