Nairobi Framework

What is the Nairobi Framework?

The Nairobi Framework was initiated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank Group (WBG), African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UN Secretary-General formally launched the Nairobi Framework through an announcement at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP/MOP 2 in November 2006 in Kenya. In October 2007, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) joined the Nairobi Framework.

The principal goal of the Nairobi Framework is to help developing countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). UNFCCC plays the coordinating role of the Framework, while the other partners are responsible for jointly designing and/or implementing programmes of work.

The Nairobi Framework has five broad objectives:

  • Build and enhance the capacity of Designated National Authorities (DNAs) to become fully operational;
  • Build capacity in developing CDM project activities
  • Promote investment opportunities for CDM projects;
  • Improve information sharing and outreach on activities, education and training; and
  • Foster inter-agency coordination.

The partner agencies in the Nairobi Framework have resolved to make a concerted effort to provide assistance to developing countries in order to enable them to identify, develop, submit and process CDM projects that will lead to a considerable increase in CDM penetration.

A central component of the Nairobi Framework is provided by the UNDP-UNEP Partnership on Climate Change.