The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has been formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international in nature, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China.
“Country Profiles for Health and Climate Change” presented at the UNFCCC Bonn Conference, 2 June 2015
Through these country profiles, WHO and the UNFCCC Secretariat aim to support countries to reach a positive outcome for health and for the climate system, by providing evidence and arguments to empower Ministries of Health to engage in the preparations of national positions before the final COP21 negotiations in December.
Ahead of the 2014 UN Climate Summit in New York, the health sector added its voice, loud and clear, to growing concerns around climate change and called for swift action to mitigate the human cost of a warming world.
Climate change and human health
WHO has an active and long-standing programme on protecting health from climate change, guided by a World Health Assembly resolution. Through its country, regional and headquarters offices, WHO provides evidence and supports capacity building and implementation projects to strengthen the health system response to climate change, and to ensure that health is appropriately considered in decisions made by other sectors, such as energy and transport. The Organization also provides the health-sector voice within the overall UN response to this global challenge.