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Notwithstanding successful efforts to mitigate climate change, inertia in the climate system implies that a certain level of climate change is inevitable, at least for a few decades. Compounded by other challenges, the adverse effects of climate change will therefore continue to impede the ability of nations and communities to achieve sustainable development.

The UN system is taking concerted action to help people and communities in countries, especially those particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, to manage climate-related risks in their efforts to achieve sustainable socio-economic development. Building on its wealth of expertise and broad partnerships with governments, civil society and other partners, the UN system stands ready to support the implementation of the emerging adaptation framework being discussed under the UNFCCC.