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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.


At the upcoming 43rd session of the SBSTA, Parties will consider progress made in implementation of the activities under the NWP and will consider following documents made available for the session:

  • A synthesis of case studies on good practices and lessons learned in adaptation planning processes addressing ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health, and in processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning
  • Report on progress made in implementing activities under the NWP

For a quick snapshot of the overview of the Nairobi work programme and the technical work carried out under the Nairobi work programme, download the powerpoint slides here.

Upcoming activity

Under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, the 9th Focal Point Forum will take place on 30th November in conjunction with SBSTA 43 in Paris.

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
Please address any questions and suggestions concerning the work under the Nairobi work programme to

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