The UN system's work in this area is governed by the stipulations of COP decision 1/CP.10 and the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change.

Moreover, a large number of sectoral activities mandated by the system's governing bodies in areas such as agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, health, water, tourism are central to the challenge of adaptation work.

Adaptation strategies are being developed including these areas as climate change considerations get further streamlined in UN system activities.

UN system action in the adaptation area includes: