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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 42nd session of the SBSTA, Parties considered the progress made in implementation of the activities under the NWP since the beginning of 2015. The progress report is available here >>.

Key elements in the SBSTA 42 conclusions include:

  • Recognition that strengthening collaboration and linkages between the NWP, other relevant adaptation workstreams and constituted bodies under the Convention is important in ensuring that the provision of knowledge support under the NWP contributes to enhanced adaptation actions;
  • Request to the secretariat to continue to explore ways to enhance the interactive nature of that exchange during the ninth NWP Focal Point Forum, to be organized in conjunction with SBSTA 43;
  • Acknowledgement of the contributions from Parties and NWP partner organizations to the development of case studies on good practices and lessons learned in relation to adaptation planning processes addressing the four issues of ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health, and in relation to processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.

Upcoming activity

The Adaptation Committee's Expert meeting on promoting livelihoods and economic diversification, 7-8 September 2015:

Under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA and in collaboration with relevant NWP partner organizations, in response to the recommendations of the Adaptation Committee, the secretariat is supporting this expert meeting, building on the relevant work undertaken under the NWP.

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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