Sharm El Sheikh Adaptation Agenda: Progress report

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The Sharm El Sheikh Action Agenda (SAA) has emerged as a critical strategy to address the impacts of climate change across various sectors. One of its key components is its association with the agricultural domain, particularly regarding its implications for health and food systems. Initially introduced at COP27, SAA's priority lies in consolidating science-backed solutions across key systems, such as food, water, health, and infrastructure, making 4 billion vulnerable people resilient by 2030. The initiative emphasizes locally-led adaptation, equity, and inclusivity. Noteworthy achievements include the integration of health adaptation outcomes and strategic partnerships. However, despite progress, challenges persist. Insufficient adaptation finance hinders implementation, with public and private sources falling short by 10 to 18 times estimated needs. COP28 is a pivotal moment to catalyze action, aligning efforts with the Global Stocktake and Global Goal on Adaptation.

COP27 Policy Recommendations

  • Mobilize scaled-up adaptation finance from public and private sectors to meet the annual $387 billion costs in developing countries.
  • Strengthen international collaboration and partnerships to bridge the implementation gap, emphasizing locally-led initiatives.
  • Prioritize multi-stakeholder engagement, ensuring inclusivity and equity in adaptation planning and resilience building.Implementation

Implmentaiton Report Highlights:

  • Task Forces and Steering Committee: Seven Task Forces and a Steering Committee were established to drive partnership engagement, catalyze implementation, and track progress across various systems and outcomes.
  • Health Inclusion: The SAA expanded to include health as a priority system, setting 2030 health adaptation targets in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.