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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.

Expectation at SBSTA 47

Parties will review the progress made in the implementation of activities under the NWP at  SBSTA47:

  • Consider the outcomes of the 11th Focal Point Forum on human settlements and adaptation, and the side event on the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 47.

Relevant events under the NWP:


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    Books, brochures and leaflets developed under the NWP Newsletter for NWP partner organizations and UNFCCC focal points on progress made in the implementation of the NWP and on opportunities for collaboration Please address any question or suggestion to