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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 Call for Submissions:

The SBSTA invites Parties, NWP partner organizations and other relevant organizations to share their views on how to enhance the relevance and effectiveness of the NWP. Your submissions will help inform the review of the NWP at SBSTA 48 (April – May 2018).

Submissions are due by 30 March 2018. To learn more about the call for submissions and to make a submission, please visit here.

SBSTA 47 Outcomes

In order to inform the review of the NWP at SBSTA 48, SBSTA 47:
  1. Requested Parties to consider the following areas in improving the relevance and effectiveness of the NWP:
    • How to enhance the engagement of partner organizations with the aim of improving the linkages between their workplans to the themes addressed under the NWP;
    • How to ensure that the NWP has delivered on its mandate, on the basis of Parties’ submissions  and experience;
    • How to enhance the role of the NWP to be more relevant to the work of the AC and the LEG as well as other constituted bodies and relevant workstreams in the light of the Paris Agreement;
  2. Extended the deadline for submission of views on further improving the relevance and effectiveness of the NWP from 12 January 2018 to 30 March 2018, and invited Parties, NWP partner organizations and other relevant organizations to also submit their views on the three focus areas outlined above
  3. Invited the secretariat to consider webinars, webcasts and expert meetings on the margins of the NAP Expo to help inform the submissions;
  4. Requested the secretariat to prepare a synthesis report summarizing the outcomes of the work undertaken under the NWP since SBSTA 44 to serve as input to the review of the NWP at SBSTA 48.

SBSTA 47 also welcomed:

  1. Progress made in implementing activities under the NWP, especially advancements in the areas of ecosystems, water resources, human settlements and health; as well as knowledge support to the work of the AC and the LEG through the NWP’s innovative partnership arrangements;
  2. The outcomes of the 11th Focal Point Forum and the technical dialogue with human settlements experts that was co-organized with NWP partner organizations prior to the COP 23. The 11th Focal Point Forum on human settlements and adaptation was held under the overall guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA in conjunction with SBSTA 47, and with 95 participants, including human settlement experts from developing countries and a youth representative from Dubai.   These activities resulted in enhanced expert engagement as well as information-sharing and discussions on collaborative opportunities among Parties, NWP partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders. These activities also facilitated the identification of follow-up activities to translate the key findings and gaps into concrete adaptation actions;
  3. The priority-setting workshops for six subregions under the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative (LAKI). During COP 23, the UNFCCC secretariat and UN Environment co-hosted a side event on the LAKI. The side event was successful in meeting two objectives:
    • share the outcomes from the first phase of the LAKI; and 
    • seek inputs from experts and organizations on how to undertake actions to close priority knowledge gaps as well as for implementation of the initiative in other sub-regions of the world during its second phase. 

The Parties recognized the significant efforts made under the first phase of the LAKI, and expressed support for enhanced communication during the second phase of the LAKI.


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