2020 was not only the year of the pandemic, it was also the year of record temperatures and growing climate impacts: floods, droughts, storms, wildfires and locust plagues, says the UN Environment Programme.
In its latest the Adaptation Gap Report, the organization will look at global progress on adaptation to the inevitable effects of climate change – from planning and financing to implementation, with a special focus on nature-based solutions. Adaptation, which helps countries vulnerable to climate change increase their ability to absorb impacts and remain resilient, remains a key pillar of the Paris Agreement for Climate Change.
Following the report, there will be an online global conference to accelerate, innovate and scale up the world’s adaptation efforts, heeding to the UN Secretary-General’s call for more ambition and action. Hosted by the Netherlands, the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, which will take place from 25 to 26 January, will bring together global leaders from the public and private sectors.
Look out for the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly – a global gathering to take place under the theme, “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” from 22 to 23 February.
For more information, visit the United Nations’ web-portal on climate action as well as UNEP’s plans for 2021 to strengthen the relationship between people and the planet.