Climate Change

November 28, 2019
(photo1) 2nd Meeting of G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program
(photo2) 2nd Meeting of G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program
(photo3) 2nd Meeting of G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the second meeting of the G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program from November 18 to 19, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 80 including G20 and International Organizations' representatives participated in the meeting and engaged in active discussion on the measures and international corporation in the field of climate adaptation mainly around Southeast Asia.

This is the final program based on the G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Working Program (2018-2019). Climate adaptation efforts by G20 will be continued the under the next presidency of Saudi Arabia.

1. Overview of the Meeting

November 18 and 19, 2019 (Times are listed below.)
KamolthipI-II, Sukosol Hotel (477 Si Ayuthaya Road, Thanon Phayathai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand)
Representatives of Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, ADB, AFD, GIZ, JICA, OECD, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCAP etc. (more than 80 in total)
Working language:
1st Day: Monday 18 November, 9:30-18:30 ICT
Opening Session
  • Welcoming remarks and presentation by the host government (ONEP)
  • Initial presentation by the host city (BMA)
Session 1: Introduction to case Studies of adaptation to climate change
  • Public-Private Partnerships Project and Countermeasures against Flood in Thailand
  • Countermeasures against Water Damage Risks including Flood and Surge due to Land Subsidence in Jakarta
  • Advancing Co-Design of Integrated Strategies with Adaptation to Climate Change in Thailand (ADAP-T)
Session 2: Field Trip
2nd Day: Tuesday 19 October, 9:00 – 11:30 ICT
Session 3: Sharing good practices in adaptation and comments by G20 member countries
Closing Session

2. Background and the summary of the Meeting

  • (1) This meeting was held under G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group Adaptation Work Program (2018-2019) (PDF) Open a New Window, which was compiled under the Argentina Presidency in 2018, based on the Hamburg Action Plan adopted at the 2017 G20 Hamburg Summit. It summarizes short studies and events conducted by G20 countries to share countries’ experiences and to promote enhanced efforts for adaptation and resilience-building at home and in cooperation with partner countries.
  • (2) Representatives deepened discussions to promote G20 climate adaptation actions by sharing good practices of adaptation being implemented in regions that are vulnerable to climate change as well as by visiting actual sites, such as the Chao Phraya River underground water release tunnel in Bangkok and coastal erosion prevention projects in the Gulf of Thailand.
  • (3) Each session was held privately. Japan appealed its contribution in the field of adaptation to the G20 representatives through introducing good projects conducted in collaboration with JICA, private sectors and foreign local government.
  • (4) Submitted cases at the 3rd session were compiled and organized as ANNEX to the G20 Action Agenda on Adaptation and Resilient Infrastructure (PDF) Open a New Window, which is one of outcomes of G20 Environment Ministers Meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan.
[note] G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG)
In the G20 framework, the Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) was established in 2013 to cover the all energy-related issues. In 2017, considering that energy policy and climate change issues are closely linked each other, the Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) was newly established under the Sustainability Working Group (SWG). In 2018, under the Argentine presidency, CSWG was separated from ESWG and became one of the Working Groups in the Sherpa process.

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