The Nairobi work programme (NWP) was established at COP11
(December 2005, in Nairobi, Kenya), through decision 2/CP.11,
as a mechanism under the Convention to facilitate and catalyze the development and dissemination of
information and knowledge that would inform and support adaptation policies and practices. Its
implementation has been coordinated by the Subsidiary Body for Science and Technological Advice
(SBSTA), under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, with assistance from the secretariat, and with
contributions from Parties and other adaptation stakeholders.
Through its four main
functions and diverse range of modalities, the
Nairobi work programme provides unique opportunities for linking relevant institutions, processes,
resources and expertise outside the Convention to respond to adaptation knowledge needs identified by
Parties, and arising from the implementation of the various workstreams under the Convention.
The Adaptation Knowledge Portal will provide more
information on the knowledge resources
generated under the NWP, as well as on the upcoming technical work in different thematic areas.
Overview of actions for consideration by Parties at SBSTA 46
a) Consider the outcomes of activities, addressing health, ecosystems and water resources,
and human settlements undertaken in collaboration/partnership with NWP partners
b) Consider any possible next steps based on the outcomes of these activities that enhance the
role of the NWP as a knowledge hub in supporting enhanced action on adaptation;
- Synthesis paper on human health and adaptation: understanding climate impacts on health and
opportunities for action (FCCC/SBSTA/2017/2);
- Synthesis report on adaptation planning, implementation and evaluation addressing ecosystems and
areas such as water resources (FCCC/SBSTA/2017/3);
- Progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts,
vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2017/INF.1);
- Summary report on initiatives in the area of human settlements and adaptation(FCCC/SBSTA/2017/INF.3).
c) Consider ways to improve the effectiveness of the Focal Point Forum (see SBSTA 45
conclusions, para 14).
Outcomes at SBSTA 45, please see SBSTA 45 conclusions (para 1- 19)
10th Focal Point Forum on health and
adaptation took place on 9th November, 2016 under an overall guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA.
During an interactive discussion, participants identified health problems related to climate change
and engaged in finding innovative actions to address them, including the responsible
institutions/agents to perform those actions.