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Programme activities and work areas - Nairobi work programme

Work Areas

The NWP is structured around nine work areas, consistent with the action-oriented sub-themes of pdf-icon Decision 2/CP.11.  All of these work areas are vital for increasing the ability of countries to adapt.

The full set of information on activities and resources for each work area is available from the links below

  1. Methods and tools 
  2. Data and observations 
  3. Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling 
  4. Climate related risks and extreme events
  5. Socio-economic information
  6. Adaptation planning and practices
  7. Research
  8. Technologies for adaptation
  9. Economic diversification



The SBSTA concluded the review of the NWP at its thirty-fourth session and also requested the secretariat to undertake interim activities under the Nairobi work programme, detailed in document FCCC/SBSTA/2011/2, para 14-25. The pdf-icon decision adopted by the Conference of Parties at its seventeenth session in Durban mandated new activities to further the implementation of the NWP.

The COP decision adopted in Durban further requests the SBSTA to reconsider, at its thirty-eighth session, the work areas of the NWP with a view to making recommendations to the COP at its nineteenth session on how best to support the objectives of the work programme; this process would further inform the organization of potential future areas of work that could also support the scientific and technical work under the Cancun Adaptation Framework, as appropriate.

The second phase of activities of the NWP, June 2008 to December 2010, is detailed in document FCCC/SBSTA/2008/6, para. 10-74. The summary of the results of the implementation of the NWP during its second phase are available in document FCCC/SBSTA/2010/10.

The first phase of activities, up to June 2008, were detailed in document FCCC/SBSTA/2006/11.  The summary of the results of the implementation of the NWP during its first phase are available in document FCCC/SBSTA/2008/12.

Expected outcomes (Decision 2/CP.11)
  • Enhanced capacity at international, regional, national, sectoral and local levels to further identify and understand impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation responses, and to select and implement practical, effective and high priority adaptation actions
  • Improved information and advice to the Conference of the Parties (COP) and its subsidiary bodies on the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, including facilitating the implementation of decision 1/CP.10, where relevant
  • Enhanced development, dissemination and use of knowledge from practical adaptation activities
  • Enhanced cooperation among Parties, relevant organizations, business, civil society and decision makers, aimed at enhancing their ability to manage climate change risks
  • Enhanced integration of actions to adapt to climate change with those to achieve sustainable development.

Calls for Action under the Nairobi work programme

Calls for Action, endorsed by Parties, summarize the gaps and need and further opportunity for action identified at thematic workshops and expert meetings under the Nairobi work programme. 

Parties agreed to promote, both under the UNFCCC process and among relevant organizations, institutions, experts and communities, the consideration of calls for action that result from workshops and expert meetings, with a view to undertaking activities at international, regional, national and subnational levels aimed at addressing these identified gaps and needs.

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