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Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP)

The Nairobi work programme (NWP) was established at COP11 (December 2005), through decision 2/CP.11, as a mechanism under the Convention to facilitate and catalyze the development and dissemination of information and knowledge that would inform and support adaptation policies and practices. Its implementation has been coordinated by the SBSTA, under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA and with assistance from the secretariat, and with contributions from Parties and other adaptation stakeholders. Through its diverse range of modalities, the Nairobi work programme provides unique opportunities for linking relevant institutions, processes, resources and expertise outside the Convention to respond to adaptation knowledge needs arising from the implementation of the various workstreams under the Convention and identified by Parties.

Conclusions of the 44th session of the SBSTA in Bonn (16-26 May 2016)

The SBSTA acknowledged the achievements and progress made under the NWP to date, recognized the contributions of NWP partner organizations, including regional centres and networks and international organizations, as well as of other relevant organizations, and welcomed the following documents:

The SBSTA also recognized the role of the NWP in providing support in the areas of adaptation knowledge and related stakeholder engagement to other workstreams and constituted bodies under the Convention (including the Adaptation Committee and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group), and noted the potential role it can play in new processes under the Paris Agreement.

The SBSTA concluded that additional technical work on health, human settlements, ecosystems and water resources, economic diversification and indicators of adaptation and resilience would be undertaken under the NWP to inform adaptation planning and action at the regional, national and subnational levels, with a focus on providing support to the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs). The SBSTA further concluded that activities under the NWP would integrate the consideration of vulnerable communities where appropriate.

The SBSTA concluded that the NWP would contribute to closing adaptation knowledge gaps at the national and subnational levels, through fostering collaborations among, inter alia, policy makers, research and scientific communities, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), practitioners and financial institutions.

To see the full conclusions regarding the NWP, click here.

Database of actions pledged by partner organizations of the Nairobi work programme to meet the needs of Parties and support the implementation of the programme
Database of organizations from all levels and sectors that have partnered with the Nairobi work programme, and contribute to its implementation
Opportunities for private sector to implement actions towards reducing risks to their operations, as well as investing in adaptation action in vulnerable regions
Online information and knowledge resources on the understanding and assessment of impacts and vulnerability to climate change and adaptation practices
Books, brochures and leaflets developed under and on the Nairobi work programme
Quarterly newsletter, updating partner organizations and UNFCCC focal points on progress made on the implementation of the Nairobi work programme
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