WHO workshop on research priorities for climate change and health in urban settings, 27-28 November 2008
In view of achieving the first objective of shaping and defining a more specific research agenda on climate change, a WHO workshop on research priorities for climate change and health in urban settings was held 27–28 November 2008 at WHO Kobe Centre. This workshop should be seen side-by-side and in the context of the “WHO consultation on a global research agenda on health and climate change” held in Madrid on 6–8 October 2008 as hosted by the Ministry of Health of Spain. It was a strategic follow-up to resolution WHA61.19, operative paragraph 4 which requests the Director-General to promote further research and pilot projects in this area, mindful of the strategic directions of the WHO Kobe Centre focused on urbanization and health equity.
The objectives of the workshop were:
- To help delineate the priority issues (with a focus on “health co-benefits” and “health-environment governance”) that should shape and define the research work of the WHO Kobe Centre in the context of climate change and its health impacts in urban settings; and
- To pose the specific research questions that the Centre should attempt to answer in addressing these priority issues.