APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
This project will engage Members of the Club of Madrid to support MVC efforts towards enhanced international cooperation in climate adaptation. Initially, they will consult with leaders from MVCs to better understand their concrete needs and positions. A first meeting is scheduled for September in New York with representatives of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) - a group of affected countries from the Caribbean, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. This will prepare them to better undertake direct advocacy in official international forums in favour of relevant MVC positions and the fulfilment of international commitments. These advocacy efforts will also be extended to unofficial settings in exchanges with representatives from the private sector, academia, and civil society to build favourable public opinion in support of greater cooperation in potential donor countries. In this process, Club of Madrid Members will help build capacity for dedicated and effective advocacy among MVCs and their supporters, helping to construct alliances with like minded institutions and initiatives to multiply the impact and opportunities of this project.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The commitment will be implemented from 2010 - 2012 in order to coincide with the first commitment period for fast-start funding to developing countries under the Copenhagen Accord. Preliminary consultations with representatives of the Climate Vulnerable Forum will be held in September in New York. During the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), which will be held in Cancun in November and December of 2010, consultations with key stakeholders will also be carried out. Following COP 16, opportunities for debate and advocacy in 2011 and 2012 will be identified. Expected results are enhanced advocacy on behalf of MVCs, improved advocacy skills for MVCs, and ultimately, improved cooperation and support in climate adaptation
Adaptation is gaining in urgency as we experience increased droughts and wildfires, heavier rainfall, a greater number of devastating storms and hurricanes, food shortages, water resource disruptions, conflict over vital resources, climate refugees, and the loss of human life. A potential human crisis looms over us in the short term if countries are not able to adequately prepare themselves for impending climate change and its impacts. These phenomena will especially affect Most Vulnerable Countries (MVC) that are more vulnerable physically and have a low adaptive capacity.
Despite the fact that MVCs have increasingly sought more international cooperation, enabling adequate adaptation to adverse impacts, assistance has been insufficient, unpredictable, and uncoordinated. As a consequence, millions of lives are predicted to be negatively affected and the little progress attained in the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), threatened.
By drawing on the expertise and leadership of its members- more than 75 former Heads of State and Government, capable of reaching the highest decision making levels, the Club of Madrid is in a unique position to advocate for and thus facilitate enhanced cooperation for adaptation in the MVCs, particularly in the field of climate finance and technology transfer.
The Club of Madrid through DARA seeks partners that could a) provide best practices in climate adaptation cooperation in support of MVCs, b) help fostering enhanced cooperation for MVCs and, c) provide needed financial support.