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Engagement opportunities and resources under the Nairobi work programme
Health is a key thematic area of the Nairobi work programme,​ as mandated by decision 17/CP.19SBSTA 44; and SBSTA 48.

Climate change is a common concern for human health and well-being. Climate change presents a risk to health in a variety of ways. The impacts of climate change on health are already evident, and will become increasingly prevalent. The significant risks of climate change to health include direct effects (such as general warming leading to heat-related mortality and increased disease transmission) and indirect effects (such as climate change impacts on food production, migration rates and the ability of people to work in extreme weather conditions).

Collaboration, engagement and partnership

Recognizing the adverse effects of climate change on human health, governments agreed to undertake concrete activities addressing health under the NWP in order to inform adaptation planning and actions at the regional, national and subnational level. In response, a range of activities have been undertaken under the NWP to advance action through knowledge to address human health with some in progress.

Applying an iterative and progressive knowledge-to-action methodology, the secretariat collaborated with renowned organizations and institutes, including United Nations agencies, programmes and offices, as well as other relevant international organizations, academic institutions, and institutes to advance actions

The NWP knowledge-to-action approach

The table below highlights relevant outputs on health; and work in progress corresponding to different steps of the NWP knowledge-to-action methodology.


Step 1: Scoping

Step 2 & 3: Engage with expert groups and refine knowledge

Step 4: Co-design actions

  • Planned work for 2019

Step 5: Report and disseminate findings

Step 6: Facilitate partnerships to mobilize support

  • Planned work for 2019

Figure 1: The NWP knowledge-to-action approach

Get involved

  1. Share your knowledge resources on biodiversity and climate change adaptation with a focus on forests and grassland ecosystems on the Adaptation Knowledge Portal including case studies, tools and methods, and other resources
  2. Make an action pledge to support adaptation planning and implementation related to biodiversity and climate change adaptation
  3. Send us news about upcoming publications and events at
  4. Become a NWP partner organization