Nairobi work programme
The Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (the NWP) under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was launched in 2005, with the objective to assist all Parties, in particular developing countries,including the least developed countries and small island developing States to:
- improve their understanding and assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; and
- make informed decisions on practical adaptation actions and measures to respond to climate change on a sound scientific, technical and socio-economic basis, taking into account current and future climate change and variability.
With the continued support, active engagement and valuable contributions from Parties and organizations, the Nairobi work programme has made good progress in engaging stakeholders and raising awareness for adaptation to climate change, catalyzing targeted actions, facilitating knowledge sharing and learning on adaptation through the development and dissemination of information and knowledge products.
Building on these successes and lessons learned from implementating the NWP to date, Parties and organizations fully recognize the importance of further improving the provision of sound scientific and technological advice to support the implementation of enhanced adaptation action. It is within this context, the UNFCCC secretariat, under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, has been collaborating with the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) team at UNDP to create a dedicated virtual space for NWP stakeholders to interact, on an ongoing basis. Members of the group are encouraged to share their experiences and views on enhancing the provision of scientific and technological advice to support adaptation actions, including through further improving the implementation of the Nairobi work programme.