In conjunction with 69th World Health Assembly, the Philippines, as chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, and the United States of America are co-hosting an official side event and panel discussion on climate change and health. The event will enable the World Health Assembly to consider the implications of the historic Paris Agreement for climate change and public health policy.
The Paris Agreement, which included a consensus to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, is also a health treaty that acknowledged the right to the highest attainable standard of health. It also recognized the social, economic, and environmental value of voluntary mitigation actions and their co-benefits for adaptation, health and sustainable development. The event will explore how the Paris Agreement, together with other international developments such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, present a major new opportunity to secure advances for public health and to accelerate sustainable human development progress.
The panel discussion will take stock of the work of the World Health Organization on climate change and health, including recent research on climate change and environmental health. Opportunities for health sector leadership in implementing the Paris Agreement, proven solutions for health care carbon mitigation, and strategies for health sector climate resiliency and adaptation will be identified, with a focus on the perspective of climate vulnerable countries. Key health priorities on climate change, including the need for resilient healthcare systems, financing and climate change mainstreaming in national health plans and policies are further topics of discussion.
For more information please contact info (at) thecvf.org
The Climate Vulnerable Forum @TheCVF will be live tweeting throughout the event.
Photo Caption: H.E. Cecilia Rebong, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva; Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director General, Family Women’s and Children’s Health. Photo Credit: Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva