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Parties, NWP partner organizations and other relevant organizations such as local governments are invited to contribute to the new NWP activities on human settlements and adaptation.

What are the new NWP activities on human settlements and adaptation?

In May 2016, the Subsidiary Body for Science and Technological Advice (SBSTA) gave the NWP the mandate to investigate the area of human settlements and adaptation. The mandate includes the drafting of a summary report on initiatives in the area of human settlements and adaptation, which was considered at the climate negotiations in May 2017. The list of all global and regional initiatives presented in the report is also available here. The mandate also comprises the organization of a Focal Point Forum on human settlements and adaptation, a call for submissions, and the drafting of a synthesis report. Those different deliverables are part of the seven-step approach illustrated in the figure below, which aims at advancing resilience in cities, towns and villages through knowledge.


On the margins of the COP 23, the NWP held its 11th Focal Point Forum (FPF) on human settlements and adaptation, and an innovative Pre-COP technical dialogue with human settlement experts to enhance knowledge sharing, and collaboration among the NWP partner organizations, Parties, and other relevant organizations.

What is this "call for submissions" ?

Submissions are documents gathering information that is based on recent activities and research, and could include good practices, lessons learned, as well as available tools and methods. Regarding human settlements, Parties, NWP partners, and other relevant organizations are invited to make submissions before 20 September 2017. Information on the following focus areas is particularly welcome:

  1. assessing sensitivity and vulnerability to climate change;
  2. integrating both short-term and long-term climate considerations (including both extreme and slow onset events) into planning;
  3. the role of national governments in supporting adaptation at the local level;
  4. city to city partnerships on climate change;
  5. cross-cutting issues and linkages to the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs).
Parties also highlighted that those making submissions should bear in mind the unique challenges and scale differences in urban, rural and remote settlements, in particular in small island developing States and least developed countries.

How can my organization/entity make a submission ?

Submissions are preferably concise Word documents that provide evidence-based information. For each focus area addressed in the submission, Parties and organizations are invited to provide the following information:
  • Description of relevant activities
  • Key results
  • Description of lessons learned and good practices
  • Description of key challenges
  • Planned next steps (as appropriate)
  • Relevant hyperlinks for further information
For a more information, please download the following submission template in English Spanish and French.

Parties are invited to submit information online
while organizations should send their submissions as one Word document to and

How can my organization/entity further support resilience through knowledge ?  
If you are a part of an organization working on human settlements, please do not hesitate to share your resources in terms of case studies,  tools and methods as well as knowledge resources on the dedicated pages. You are also welcome to send us news about upcoming publications or events at, which we will feature in our regional pages.

If you wish to learn more about adaptation/resileince and human settlements a list of NWP partner organizations and other relevant organizations working on adaptation for human settlements, action pledges, case studies, tools and methods, as well as well as knowledge resources can be browsed through our advanced search page.