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Co-event - Catalyzing climate resilient action in human settlements through knowledge

Session Description

Facilitator: Koko Warner, Manager of the Impacts, Vulnerability and Risks subprogramme of the Adaptation programme, UNFCCC, Bonn, Germany

Organized by:  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 


Under the UNFCCC, the Nairobi work programme (NWP) has been mandated by all countries that are Party to the Convention to undertake a new set of activities that would generate knowledge in support of countries’ adaptation action on human settlements. Such activities are in line with the overall objective of supporting enhanced action on adaptation and will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. They include the drafting of a summary of existing initiatives in the field of human settlements and adaptation (May 2017), a call for submissions (September 2017), the organization of a Focal Point Forum on human settlements and adaptation, featuring speakers from national and subnational governments, as well as from expert organizations (November 2017 during COP 23) and a synthesis report based on the key findings of the submissions and outcomes of the Focal Point Forum (May 2018). 

In order to best carry out these activities, the UNFCCC secretariat is currently gathering information to establish a diagnosis of the current challenges and opportunities at the national and subnational level. The purpose of this session is thus to facilitate an open dialogue between policy-makers at the national and subnational levels and knowledge providers (e.g., universities, research centres, NGOs, UN agencies and affiliated organizations, multilateral and bilateral development banks and agencies) in response to the following questions: (i) what are the knowledge challenges that still hinder climate-resilient action in human settlements today? (ii) could innovative collaboration processes involving State and non-State actors respond to those challenges and help bridge the knowledge-to-action gaps? (iii) what role could the NWP play in collaboration with policy-makers and non-State actors in supporting these innovative collaborations?