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Our Divisions

Adaptation division
The Adaptation division supports Parties in enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change. It facilitates the provision of holistic technical guidance and advice to Parties on all aspects of adaptation and resilience, especially on assessing climate change risks and sharing knowledge; planning responses to impacts and vulnerability; and enhancing implementation and reviewing progress. The division supports a number of processes, including the NAP process, and four constituted bodies (AC, LCIPP FWG, LEG and WIM ExCom).
Administrative Services, Human Resources, & Information and Communication Technology (AS/HR/ICT) division
The Administrative Services, Human Resources, and Information and Communication Technology division delivers a wide range of operational services that support the intergovernmental process, related institutions, bodies and mechanisms, including conferences and meetings, the regulatory systems under the Kyoto Protocol, and the daily operations of the secretariat and its divisions.
Communications and Engagement division
The Communication and Engagement division serves multiple cross-cutting objectives, including communicating authoritative, relevant and timely information to Parties, non-Party stakeholders and the public regarding the secretariat's process and action on climate change, with emphasis on proactively building support among all stakeholders so as to facilitate climate action and increase ambition. It ensures that the communications work and engagement activities of the secretariat are driven by the outcomes of all processes and bodies.
Conference Affairs division
The Conference Services division provides optimal conference services for the sessions of the governing and subsidiary bodies, as well as for a wide range of workshops and other events. It creates an optimal environment for secretariat events and facilitate the preparation of Parties and other stakeholders for such events. The division plans and coordinates conferences and provide high-quality services, including managing the Participation Fund, documents, meetings and the registration and accreditation of participants.
Executive division
The Executive division ensures that the work of the secretariat is guided by Article 2 of the Convention and of the Paris Agreement and by the values and principles of the United Nations. The Executive division provides strategic guidance to the work of the secretariat, ensuring the overall coherence and responsiveness of the organization's work in relation to its mandates.
Intergovernmental Support and Collective Progress division
The Intergovernmental Support and Collective Progress division enables the governing and subsidiary bodies of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement to function and thus facilitate progress in the climate process. The division ensures the coherence, consistency and timeliness of the work of the bodies and enable and support overarching processes, such as the periodic review of the adequacy of the long-term global goal under the Convention and the GST under the Paris Agreement.
Legal Affairs division
The Legal Affairs division provides independent legal and procedural services to support the sound delivery of all mandated activities under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, including the Katowice outcomes of the PAWP; to ensure that the governing and subsidiary bodies function and operate in accordance with legal, procedural and institutional requirements; and to ensure that presiding officers, Bureau members, regional and negotiating groups, Parties, chairs, facilitators and secretariat teams receive timely and effective legal, procedural and, where relevant, substantive support and services in respect of all agenda items under negotiation. The division protects the legal interests of the secretariat and the UNFCCC process (minimizing the legal liabilities of the secretariat) and ensure that the operations, management and administration of the secretariat are conducted in accordance with decisions of the COP, the CMP and the CMA and applicable UN regulations, rules and policy.
Mitigation division
The Mitigation division supports Parties to facilitate, catalyse and cooperate in the implementation of ambitious climate action in line with global efforts to limit temperature increase. Parties are supported in developing, communicating and effectively implementing ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in a manner that facilitates clarity, transparency, understanding and accounting, including through the use of collaborative approaches, mechanisms, framework engagements and economic instruments that broaden mitigation action and drive sustainable development.
Means of Implementation division
The Means of Implementation division provides critical assistance to Parties for enhancing access to and mobilizing and scaling up support for the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement by supporting the climate finance architecture, international cooperation on climate technology development and transfer, and the implementation of the capacity-building arrangements and processes.
Transparency division
The Transparency division supports the intergovernmental process related to the MRV (measurement, reporting and verification) system under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and the ETF (enhanced transparency framework) under the Paris Agreement, including by providing technical assistance to developing countries and training to experts engaged in the reporting, review and analysis processes. It supports work on relevant methodological issues, including in relation to GHG inventories, REDD-plus, agriculture and Koronivia, LULUCF, IPCC guidelines and common metrics. It also maintains a transparency data hub, which includes data and information management and analysis.
Operations Coordination
Operations Coordination ensures the strategic focus, effective coordination and operational improvement of the Operations department by collaborating with Programmes Coordination and Executive in taking and reviewing decisions on the strategic direction and priorities of the secretariat and the corresponding allocation of resources. It ensures that all divisions of the department contribute to the secretariat's aspiration to remain a strategically agile and effective organization, fostering the organization-wide culture and values of innovation, agility and flexibility for the achievement of its goals and mandates. Operations Coordination takes a coherent, secretariat-wide approach to resource mobilization and partnerships through coordination, policy support, processes, capacity-building and development of the required intelligence, tools, resources and services.
Programmes Coordination
Programmes Coordination provides strategic direction and oversight to the work of the Programmes department, comprised of the four programme divisions (Adaptation, Means of Implementation, Mitigation and Transparency). It ensures strategic, substantive and administrative coherence and synergy in the delivery of their work programmes, including in relation to the established intergovernmental processes and constituted bodies. As a result, Parties receive coherent support for implementing mitigation and adaptation action enabled by the provision and mobilization of means of implementation, while ensuring transparency of action and support.

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