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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, in Nairobi, Kenya), 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 Subsidiary Body for Science and Technological Advice (SBSTA), under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, with assistance from the secretariat, and with contributions from Parties and other adaptation stakeholders.

Through its four main functions and 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 identified by Parties, and arising from the implementation of the various workstreams under the Convention.

The Adaptation Knowledge Portal will provide more information on the knowledge resources generated under the NWP, as well as on the upcoming technical work in different thematic areas.

New conclusions at SBSTA 45

At the 45th session of the SBSTA, in Marrakech, Morocco (7-14 November 2016), Parties reviewed the progress made in the implementation of activities under the NWP and adopted conclusions, which include:

  • The enhancement of the role of the NWP as a knowledge hub that supports enhanced action on adaptation through the implementation of its activities.
  • An appreciation of the submissions on health and adaptation and of the interactive dialogue among Parties, NWP partner organizations, other relevant organizations and health experts during the 10th Focal Point Forum on health and adaptation.
  • Consideration of ways to improve the effectiveness of the Focal Point Forum at SBSTA 46.
  • A request to the secretariat to undertake activities in response to recommendations from the AC and the LEG.
  • A request to the secretariat to explore opportunities to strengthen linkages with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as appropriate.
  • An appreciation of the commitment of the United Nations Environment Programme to scale up the implementation of the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative in other subregions.

Conclusions adopted at SB45 requested the Adaptation Committee (AC) to make use of additional modalities for responding to relevant mandates contained in decision 1/CP.21, including engaging with the NWP and its partner organizations.

The ongoing and planned collaboration with the AC and the Least Developed Countries Expert group (LEG) was also acknowledged in the conclusions related to the Adaptation Committee and to the matters related to Least Developed Countries adopted at SBSTA 45.

10th Focal Point Forum on health and adaptation took place on 9th November, 2016 under an overall guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA. During an interactive discussion, participants identified health problems related to climate change and engaged in finding innovative actions to address them, including the responsible institutions/agents to perform those actions.


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