The Global Goal on Adaptation: how to make the GlaSS work programme inclusive

Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Time: 1-2pm (BST)
Where: Online, via Zoom
A man, his head hidden by the two large rocks he carries on his shoulders, on the edge of a large river

A man carries large rocks along a riverside; part of construction work to build stronger river banks along the Nile river to protect it from erosion (Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Join a series of experts discussing how the Glasgow-Sharm-el Sheikh work programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation can be fair and inclusive.

In November 2021, the UN climate negotiations (COP26) established the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh work programme (GlaSS) (PDF) on the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA). This decision was a successful outcome of COP26 and represents a significant step towards progressing the GGA – along with other adaptation matters – into concrete actions. 

Little is known yet of the content and format for the two-year work programme, which will hold the first of its four official workshops in early June.

For example, the GlaSS underlines that the programme and the GGA must be country-driven, yet that other actors must be included in the process.

How civil society and local voices will be heard throughout this process is still to be determined. This will be critical for the decisions and steps taken during the GlaSS to be representative of the whole of society. Without diverse voices being heard and integrated, the GlaSS will remain an empty exercise. 

Parties have freshly submitted their views on how to achieve the eight GlaSS objectives at the end of April, setting out their priorities and vision for the GlaSS. Ahead of the first official GGA workshop, this webinar will provide an opportunity to discuss the perspectives and priorities of developing country stakeholders on how to best achieve a fair and inclusive GlaSS. 

This webinar will welcome the commentary of the UK and Egypt COP presidencies, before exploring the views of panellists on the priorities and processes that can ensure the GlaSS, and ultimately the GGA, to be most inclusive. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session during which participants can share their thoughts and questions with the panel.


Katherine Shepherd (, coordinator, IIED's Climate Change research group