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Area of work

The Adaptation programme of the UNFCCC secretariat supports the intergovernmental process. This process includes activities relating to national adaptation plans, national adaptation programmes of action, the Nairobi work programme (NWP), the work programme on loss and damage, the Adaptation Committee, research and systematic observation under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and support for the implementation of adaptation action under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP). The Adaptation programme also engages Parties and stakeholders including national, regional, multilateral and international organizations, across public and private sectors, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. The programme addresses the process of reviewing the adequacy of the long-term global goal and the consideration of various matters related to climate science.
Finance, Technology and Capacity-building
The Finance, Technology and Capacity-building (FTC) programme supports the mobilization of financial resources, international cooperation on technology development and transfer, capacity-building; and education, training and public awareness to enable enhanced action by Parties related to climate change.
Administrative Services
The mandate of the Administrative Services (AS) programme is the overall facilitation, support and guidance to programmes and the secretariat at large. AS is responsible for utilizing and managing human, financial and other resources to implement the core work of the secretariat, as well as its mandated activities, so as to ensure efficiency, compliance and appropriate accountability, and facilitate cross-cutting common services and functions. Responsibilities also include the development, implementation and compliance monitoring of administrative policies and procedures for the UNFCCC secretariat in the areas of finance, budget, human resources, procurement, travel and general services.
Information Technology Services
The Information Technology Services (ITS) programme is a central service provider for information and communication technology infrastructure and user support services, as well as for information systems development, maintenance and application support within the UNFCCC.
Conference Affairs Services
The Conference Affairs Services (CAS) programme provides comprehensive conference services for all sessions of the UNFCCC Convention and Kyoto Protocol bodies, as well as meetings and workshops organized in the intergovernmental climate change process. These services include conference and working facilities for up to 10,000 participants; liaison with Parties, Observer States, IGOs and NGOs; security and protocol arrangements; registration of participants to sessions and meetings; travel arrangements for participants from Parties eligible for funding; the planning and editing of parliamentary documents; and coordination of document registration, translation, reproduction, dissemination and storage.
Legal Affairs
The Legal Affairs (LA) programme provides legal advice and support to the Convention and Protocol bodies, Parties and the secretariat so that the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol are implemented, and the associated intergovernmental process and operations of the secretariat are conducted in accordance with legal, procedural and institutional requirements. It also facilitates the effective operation of the compliance mechanism in support of the environmental integrity of the Kyoto Protocol and the credibility of the market-based mechanisms.
Communications and Outreach
The Communications and Outreach (CO) programme is responsible for external communications, media relations, online public information and outreach to stakeholders in support of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. The programme leads the public advocacy work of the Climate Change secretariat and the strategic high-level engagement of stakeholders involved in the development of climate change policies. The programme supports the communications and outreach work of the secretariat and will seek to increase the number of outreach partnerships, in particular with the private sector and other key stakeholders, with a view to facilitating enhanced action under the Convention.
Mitigation, Data and Analysis
The Mitigation, Data and Analysis (MDA) programme supports the intergovernmental negotiations on matters relating to national communications, inventories, assigned amounts and policy instruments. MDA is also responsible for the substantive support of the international transaction log and registry systems under the Kyoto Protocol.
Executive Direction and Management
The Executive Direction and Management (EDM) programme promotes the overall coherence of the work of the secretariat and its responsiveness to the needs of the Convention and Protocol bodies. EDM provides overall leadership and strategic guidance to the secretariat, liaises with presiding officers of the Convention and Protocol bodies and with high-level representatives of Parties and observers; undertakes analysis of emerging policy issues; coordinates the secretariat?s representational, outreach and public information activities; oversees the management of the financial and human resources of the secretariat and maintains the information flow for the whole secretariat.
Sustainable Development Mechanisms
The Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) programme is leading in the development and effective implementation of innovative market based approaches to mitigate climate change and drive sustainable development. SDM supports the implementation of the three Kyoto mechanisms - the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI), and International Emissions Trading (IET), as well as the elaboration of new mechanisms under the Convention: Framework for Various Approaches (FVA), Non-Market-Based Approaches (NMA) and the New-Market-Based Mechanism (NMM).

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