Exploring effective ‘post-COP21’ approaches to climate change adaptation at the Global Learning Event by GCCA+

Climate change is a global issue and calls for an international response built around sustainable, long-term climate change adaptation strategies.

Almost exactly one year after the launch of GCCA+, the European Commission will welcome more than 150 delegates to its Global Learning Event (GLE) in Brussels, 12-14 September 2016, to explore effective ‘post-COP21’ approaches to climate change adaptation.

Keynotes, moderated Q&As, open (‘my space’) sessions, grassroots testimonies and video presentations will offer delegates a global overview of the climate adaptation story as told by voices with local, national, regional and global experience.   

The event is aimed at stakeholders engaged in climate change adaptation at various levels including:

  • those  responsible for GCCA+ project design, funding, implementation and oversight;
  • technical experts and ground-level practitioners;
  • EU policy-makers, delegations, agencies, etc.;
  • regional organisations implementing GCCA+ initiatives or wider development programmes;
  • civil society representatives; and
  • diverse private- and public-sector partners especially in climate vulnerable countries.

As experience from GCCA* and other EU programmes accumulates across the globe – and momentum continues to build in the wake of the COP21 climate change agreement – GCCA+ is keen to make lesson-learning an integral part of the development process, and to ensure that knowledge generated on the ground is shared across countries and regions and with key stakeholders and development partners. The GCCA+ Global Learning Event will explore how real-world cases influence policy development on all levels.

The recently-signed Paris Agreement at COP21 provides a strategic and technical platform for various national, regional and international climate change actors to plan future activities in order to meet new global ambitions and imperatives. During the remaining programming period 2016-2020 and through events like GLE, GCCA+ will provide technical, financial and strategic support to help LDCs and SIDS address specific COP21 measures.

The main aims of GLE, therefore, are:

  • to share best practices from GCCA and GCCA+ to help scale up development and cooperation (among beneficiaries, potential donors, etc.) in a post-COP21 scenario;
  • to present the latest adaptation strategies and examples across various development sectors and actors;
  • to address key issues and commitments made under the Paris Agreement, such as INDC/NDC updates, engagement with new stakeholders, climate financing and greenhouse gas emissions.


Thanks to a call for contributions, which closed on 15 June, GCCA+ stakeholders play a key role in shaping the GLE programme, which foresees four themes and multiple sessions spread across the three days:

  • day one focuses on policy (experience from past GCCA+ projects and programmes);
  • day two focuses on applications (experience from country projects and regional programmes);
  • day three provides a summary (roundup of recommendations and future steps).

The call helped to identify speakers and delegates from key GCCA+ stakeholder groups – beneficiaries, agencies, the private sector, academic/scientific institutions, civil society, etc. – who will be given the chance to share their views on the current national, regional and global climate change environment.

The broad programme will be updated as and when sessions, speakers and topics are confirmed in light of the call for contributions. Please return to this page for updates. In the meantime, relevant stakeholders are encouraged to pencil this unique event into their calendars.

More information
What: GCCA+ Global Learning Event
When: 12-14 September
Where: Sofitel Brussels Europe, in Brussels, Belgium
Agenda: 2016 GCCA+ Global Learning Event Tentative programme
Briefing: More about the 2016 GCCA+ Global Learning Event


The European Union has supported international climate change negotiations as a critical player in developing both the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol, and more recently the COP21 Paris Agreement.

The GCCA flagship programme was created by the EU in 2007 to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the developing world, especially least developed countries (LDCs) and small-island developing states (SIDS) grappling with climate change adaptation and mitigation challenges.  The expanded GCCA+ programme (2014-2020), has currently at its disposal some €350 million and a deep reserve of technical expertise to address the global development challenges ahead. Its priorities, governance structure and operational support has been reconfigured to address current and coming climate change needs and help the world meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (in particular, goal 13 related to climate change) and the implementation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Paris COP21 outcomes.