Climate change and human health

UNFCCC Conference of Parties 23 (COP23)

Sea level rising, South Tarawa, Kiribati
Rising water levels in the island nation of Kiribati

6- 17 November 2017, Bonn, Germany – The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marks the beginning of a new era in the gobal response to climate change.

Among cross-sectoral events which will feature health throughout the conference, there will be a high-level event addressing “Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement” on November 12th 2017.
At this event special attention will be paid to the least developed countries and small island developing states.

Fifth Global Climate and Health Summit


11 November 2017, Bonn, Germany -The Paris Agreement, adopted at COP21 in 2015, represented a pivotal moment in determining the global response to climate change. The Agreement came into force in November 2016, signed by 195 out of 197 nations, and (notwithstanding the recent change in position of the United States of America) represents a crucial step towards keeping global aggregate temperatures below 2°C. Many, however, believe that we can do better than 2 degrees. To protect public health, we must do better. There is a call to limit warming to 1.5°C, and to do so, achieve a net downward trend in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

The COP Presidency’s High-Level Event on Health

12 November 2017, Bonn, Germany:The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marked a proactive turning point in the global response to climate change. “The right to health”, acknowledged in the Paris Agreement, is central to the actions that are to be taken.

In order to monitor the progress been made by the health community and continue advocating for the importance of promoting and protecting health from climate change, a High-Level Event will take place at COP23 under the Fijian Presidency.

Protecting health from climate change

29 June 2017 -- Climate change undermines access to safe water, adequate food, and clean air, exacerbating the approximately 12.6 million deaths each year that are caused by avoidable environmental risk factors. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress, and billions of dollars in direct damage costs to health. WHO works with countries across the world to protect the most vulnerable populations from the health effects of extreme weather events, and to increase their resilience to long-term climate change.

Health topics at COP22, Marrakech

WHO will lead a series of events at COP22, bringing together health, climate and environment stakeholders to showcase how the health community is already addressing this threat, and the health opportunities of more ambitious action.

WHO Conference on Health and Climate 2016

WHO and the Government of France are pleased to announce the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate: Building Healthier Societies through implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The conference will take place on 7–8 July 2016 in Paris, France

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