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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.


Key elements in the SBSTA outcomes on the NWP at its 41st session include:

The NWP 8th Focal Point Forum was held in conjunction with the session, where Parties and partner organizations shared good practices and lessons learned on adaptation planning and actions, and discussed methods and tools to identify, communicate and address adaptation knowledge needs on adaptation in an interactive setting.

COP 20 Presidency endorsed the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative under the NWP, a collaborative effort by UNEP and UNFCCC’s Nairobi work programme. The initiative aims at prioritizing and catalysing responses to subregion- and theme-specific adaptation knowledge needs. The pilot for the Andean mountainous subregion was welcomed and endorsed by the COP 20 Presidency as a component of a set of actions to further address adaptation to climate change under the Convention.

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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