29 Nov 2023

Two new briefings explore critical themes for anticipatory action ahead of COP28

The Anticipation Hub has published two new briefings ahead of COP28. These will be shared during the conference to inform discussions around how anticipatory action can support those on the frontline of the climate crisis.  

The briefing ‘Anticipatory action for epidemics’ presents the current conceptual thinking around this approach, with practical examples for putting it into operation. It was written by the co-leads of the Working Group on Anticipatory Action and Health, some of whom will be speaking during an event at COP28 on 1 December, titled ‘Anticipatory action for climate-induced health emergencies: bridging gaps in humanitarian response’.  

The policy brief ‘COP28: a call for action on the Loss and Damage Fund and funding arrangements’ makes five recommendations for negotiators working on this new funding mechanism. There will be plenty of discussion around loss and damage during COP28, including the session ‘From siloes to synergy: scaling up anticipatory actions across the humanitarian, development and climate sectors’, which takes place on 3 December at 16:00 (UAE time).

This briefing summarizes the recommendations developed by members of the anticipatory action community during two workshops held earlier this year, which brought together more than 270 practitioners from the sector. A recording of one of these workshops is available to watch again and includes useful background information on the loss and damage discussions.  

Development & Climate Days at COP28 

The Development and Climate Days, organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), are a regular feature of the UN climate conference. This year, the Anticipation Hub is pleased to be an organizing partner for the event, which is taking place on 7 December. The main themes are: (1) decolonizing climate finance; (2) equitable climate partnerships; and (3) accountability for the Paris goals. The opening and closing plenaries will be livestreamed directly on IIED’s YouTube channel.  

Launching the Getting Ahead of Disasters charter 

Several other events during COP28 are of relevance to the anticipatory action community and, together with the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), we have compiled a calendar of sessions at COP28 that are relevant to the debates around anticipatory action, early action and the Early Warnings for All initiative.  

This includes the official launch of the Getting Ahead of Disasters charter, which takes place on 3 December during COP28’s Relief, Recovery and Peace Day. The event, supported by REAP, will be livestreamed on the Charter website

You can find the full list of events here

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