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10th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme: Health and Adaptation


09:00 - 18:00


Bab Ighli





The 10th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi work programme (NWP) was held in conjunction with the 45th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in Marrakech, Morocco.

Focus of the 10th Focal Point Forum

The 10th Focal Point Forum focused on the topic of health and adaptation, in accordance with the outcomes of SBSTA 44 (cf. paragraph 15b of the SBSTA 44 report). The Focal Point Forum was informed by submissions contributed by Parties, NWP partner organizations and other relevant organizations. Contributions to the call for submission were expected by August 29. The call for submission included the following topics:

  • Changes in the geographical distribution of diseases;

  • New and emerging diseases including tropical diseases and their impacts on social and economic structures;

  • Issues of malnutrition, waterborne diseases, vector-borne diseases and disaster impacts;

  • Effects of climate change on health and productivity in the workplace, with implications for occupational health, safety and social protection. 


As at November 3, 2016, 14 Parties had contributed submissions: Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Zimbabwe. As a group of Parties, the European Union also contributed a submission.

To access submissions contributed by Parties, click here.

As at November 3, 2016, 12 NWP partners and relevant organizations had contributed submissions: University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE),  Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), HEAT-SHIELD Consortium, Health and Environment International Trust (HEIT), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Nepal Health Research Council, Ora Taiao, Statens Serum Institut, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO) and  World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

To access submissions contributed by NWP partners and relevant organizations, click here.

For an overview of the main results of the submissions, please see the following document.

The Focal Point Forum provided the opportunity for UNFCCC national focal points, NWP focal points and relevant health experts to discuss the results of the submissions and emerging issues. Particular attention was given to discussing new actions that could respond to key challenges in the area of climate impacts on human health. As a follow up to the forum, the secretariat will facilitate dialogue between interested organizations, Parties and individual experts, with a view to implementing actions discussed during the event.  

The submissions’ key findings, including good practices and lessons learned, as well as the outcomes of the Focal Point Forum discussion, will be captured in a synthesis report. This synthesis document will be considered by Parties at SBSTA 46 (May 2017).




Mr. Carlos FullerChair of the SBSTA


Setting the stage :  Purpose and direction for the Forum



Dr. Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (facilitator)


Keynote address 

Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum,  Team Leader, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization


Key results from the submissions 

Ms. Tiffany Hodgson, Programme Officer, UNFCCC Secretariat


Refreshment break  (18:40–19:00)


Interactive dialogue :  Knowledge to action


Interactive discussion

1.     From your experience in countries/cities/communities in the area of climate impacts on human health, how are you responding to key challenges, such as (a) the availability of and/or access to knowledge; (b) intersectoral coordination; (c) transboundary collaborations; (d) any other barrier to adaptation action?

2.     What are new actions that could be undertaken to address key challenges in area of climate impacts on human health?


Summary of key points and next steps

Dr. Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (facilitator)



Mr. Carlos Fuller, Chair of the SBSTA


For a brief summary of the event, please see the meeting coverage provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development here.



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