Climate change and human health

Climate change and health at the 66th World Health Assembly

Summary of the discussion

Delegates highlighted the many ways in which climate change affects health, through increasing risks of weather-related extremes, to impacts on both communicable and non-communicable diseases. They commended WHO’s role in international negotiations, technical partnerships with organizations such as the World Meteorological Organization, and particularly the expansion of support for health in national adaptation planning, now covering over 30 countries. Member States called on WHO to renew and revise their workplan on climate change to cover the period 2014-2019, and to join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, to work simultaneously on climate change and the health impacts of air pollution.

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