Opening of the National adaptation plan (NAP) Expo Asia 2017 11 September 2017: more than 20 countries are now gathering in Seoul, South Korea, With the goal to build climate change resilience in Asia

This landmark regional event on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) is the first ‘NAP Expo’ for Asia, and will galvanise adaptation efforts in the region.
Disastrous monsoon flooding recently across South Asia

This month, severe monsoon rains have caused disastrous floods, killed at least 1,200 people, and left millions displaced in South Asia. Climate change has likely played a role in exacerbating the heavy rains, which have led to unprecedented landslides and floods, offering a glimpse of a potentially chaotic climate future.

At the opening of the NAP Expo for Asia, Youssef Nassef, Director, Adaptation Programme, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said;

'We stand in solidarity with those affected by recent hurricanes and floods, and our thoughts and hearts are with them. We are reminded of the urgent need to advance concrete actions to enhance resilience to climate change, and the NAPs are one vehicle towards this end.’

Opening session - NAP Expo Asia 2017

'This forum will be of vital importance for seeking practical measures for climate change adaptation in Asia.' Byeong-ok Ahn, Vice Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea

‘Let's use this vital moment to support the most vulnerable countries at this time of great need.' Howard Bamsey, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund (GCF)

‘A vision of the LEG is to see LDCs formulating NAPs by 2018, or by 2020 at the latest. This NAP Expo for Asia will encourage this process.' Abias Huongo, Chair of LDC Expert Group (LEG), UNFCCC

'This event is a great example of partnership in climate change adaptation. The joint UNDP - UN Environment NAP-GSP has supported 45 developing countries to advance their NAPs.’ Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, UN Environment

‘Let’s work together and with nature to preserve biodiversity and adapt to climate change threats.’ Jae Chun Choe, Co-chairman, National Assembly Forum on Climate Change

The two-day event is mobilising action for the formulation and implementation of NAPs, which will help vulnerable Asian countries to adapt to climate change effectively over the long term. Delegates are sharing technical knowledge and tools, and identifying gaps and needs of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other developing countries, as they undertake steps towards the formulation and implementation of NAPs.

Participants from more than 20 countries gather for the NAP Expo for Asia

This is the first NAP Expo for Asia, following global NAP Expos annually since 2013. It is organized by the LEG, and hosted by the UNFCCC and the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea, and co-organized by the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) and the Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC) in partnership with the joint UN Development Programme (UNDP) - UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP).

A rich array of topics is planned for discussion over two days, aiming to 'take the temperature' on the state of climate change and adaptation in Asia. Approximately 250 participants are gathering, comprising representatives of governments, UN agencies, NGOs, environmental organisations, universities, UN agencies, development agencies and adaptation experts and members of civil society groups.

Through plenary keynote sessions, thematic breakouts and an exhibition 'Marketplace', participants will consider development and economic pathways in Asia, and adaptation solutions for key systems and sectors. Overall, the value of the NAP will be underscored as crucial platform to coordinate and enhance actions on climate change adaptation, including achieving the SDGs and the NDCs on adaptation. Opportunities for financial support for the formulation of NAPs will also be considered.

NAP Expo Asia Marketplace

Focusing on country experiences in adaptation and technical and financial support available

Bringing Asian countries together to share regional experiences

Countries sharing experiences, publications, infographics and posters in the NAP Expo Marketplace

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