After COP 23 concluded last month, how should national and sub-national government move forward to achieve ambitious goal on the Paris Agreement? During the 3rd Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, various UN agencies discussed the role of local and sub-national governments in the implementation of the National Determined Contribution (NDC).
While we are working to keep global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the progress on meeting climate "adaptation" goal is still difficult to assess. As one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, Bangladesh began early helping its people adapt to rising seas and increasing floods and storms. About seven years ago the government set up a climate fund, and deposited $100 million a year.
I have just arrived in Bonn, Germany to attend the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) being held here for the next two weeks. The annual COP takes place in November or December each year and is hosted by a country in a different continent each time.