Agenda Item 6(a) - Implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 8 and 9, of the Convention: Progress on the implementation of decision 1/CP.10Delegation of the United States
Statement at the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
December 2, 2008
Thank you, Chair. The ultimate goal of adaptation is to develop resilient societies and economies that have the knowledge and capacity to address both the challenges and the opportunities presented by changing climatic conditions. In this sense, adaptation is of a piece with broader development efforts aimed at strengthening social institutions and response capacity for a range of economic, social, and development challenges.
The United States collaborates with developing country partners in a broad range of activities designed to better understand climate and its implications for development and to build resilience to climate variability and change. These activities include scientific research to understand processes that underlie climate change, analyzing and modeling data from Earth observations, developing decision support tools with partners in developing countries, and other activities to enhance climate resilient development.
The United States also supports a range of activities to promote improvements in socio-economic data and modeling and facilitate creation of enabling environments in support of climate resilient economic diversification.
The United States notes the successful completion of the majority of elements called for in decision 1/CP.10 and the many activities of Parties to facilitate adaptation in developing countries. It is important to recognize the impressive work that has been done – for example, the extensive work to exchange best practices, the ongoing implementation of the Nairobi Work Programme, the informative regional workshops and expert meetings, the improvements in observation and monitoring networks, the ongoing efforts to improve and down-scale climate models, and the wide range of bilateral, multilateral, and UN adaptation projects, education, training, and capacity building programs.
Of course, there is always much more work that can be done, including consideration of:
· barriers to implementing adaptation and how countries can create environments that enhance their implementation of adaptation;
· actions to support the integration of climate change into national and sectoral planning and policies and promote climate resilient development;
· encouragement to regional and international financial entities to incorporate adaptation considerations into their work;
· means to facilitate economic diversification to address both the adverse effects of climate change and the implementation of response measures; and,
· the importance of enhancing or developing the needed information and knowledge base, both biophysical and socioeconomic, in support of these activities.
The UNFCCC can serve as a catalyst for such activities and should build on the good work already accomplished. We can continue to leverage the extensive existing resources, institutions, and expertise to enhance climate resilient development. The information note, produced by the Secretariat, describing ongoing work within the UN system on adaptation to climate change, provides a glimpse of one subset of these ongoing activities.
The United States looks forward to the round table discussion, where we will hear from a range of practitioners on their activities and experience in addressing adverse effects of climate change and the implementation of response measures.
Thank you, Chair.