Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

Health in the Green Economy

Exploring how health can benefit from low-carbon & energy-efficient development

WHO's Health in the Green Economy sector briefings examine the health impacts of climate change mitigation strategies considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their Fourth Assessment Report (Climate Change, 2007). Large, immediate health benefits from some climate change strategies are to be expected. Other strategies, however, may involve health risks or tradeoffs. These issues should be considered in the next round of IPCC mitigation reviews (Fifth Assessment Report [AR5]). See policy briefs on: Housing (English/Spanish), Urban Transport (English/Spanish), Household Energy in Developing Countries (English/Spanish), Health-Care Facilities (English/Spanish) and Occupational Health (English)

Climate Mitigation and Health Synergies: UN Climate Change Conference (COP19)

Mark Edwards – Hard Rain Collection

Fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) could slow the rate of global warming while saving millions of lives over the next several decades from air pollution – which now kills more than 6 million people a year. Synergies are the focus of several side events at the year’s United Nations conference on climate change (COP19), taking place in Warsaw,
11-22 November, 2013.

Measuring health gains from sustainable development

Health indicators of sustainable development can mark progress and identify barriers in the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and economic.

Past Events

CCAC High-level Assembly, 3 September, Oslo, Norway

Air Pollution: A Major Health Risk – What Can We Do?

World Health Assembly Side Event, 20 May 2013

World Health Assembly Side Event

20 May 2013

Rio+20 – Health at Heart of Sustainable Development

20-22 June 2012
Including health in Rio+20 agendas

Transport report launched at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 17)

Durban, South Africa, December 2011

American Public Health Association (APHA) Scientific session

31 October, 2011, Washington DC
Green housing, transport & health facilities in community health.

Stakeholder Event at the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

19 October 2011 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Making the link to Climate Change and Development for COP-17 (Durban) and Rio+20

Health in the Green Economy' launch: Global Health Council

14 June, 2011, Washington DC
How urban housing, transport and nutrition policies can reduce health risks and climate change