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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

G8 and Adaptation

The 2008 G8 meeting in Hokkaido, Japan has yielded an array of seemingly progressive statements on climate change, including an agreement to pursue a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (relative to 1990). Naturally, the achievement of such reductions will be left up to the individual nations, so this doesn't necessarily mean much for future negotiations under the UNFCCC. As usual, greenhouse gas mitigation and energy efficiency received the lion's share of attention. However, the following paragraphs on adaptation did emerge:

29. Recognising the linkage between the potential impacts of climate change and development, mitigation and adaptation strategies should be pursued as part of development and poverty eradication efforts. A successful global response to climate change requires a partnership between developing and developed countries. Developing countries' efforts to put in place appropriate national mitigation and adaptation plans to build low carbon, climate resilient economies, should be supported by scaled up assistance from developed countries.

30. Recognising that poorer countries are among the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, we will continue and enhance cooperation with developing countries, in particular least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states, in their efforts to adapt to climate change including disaster risk reduction. To address this issue, we commit to support urgent actions to mainstream adaptation into broader development strategies and encourage developing countries themselves to integrate adaptation into their development policies. The early start of activities under the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund should make an important contribution in this respect. We call on the multilateral development banks and other development agencies to support countries in this endeavor.

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