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WHO event on climate change and health at UNFCCC conference

Date: 1-12 December 2008
Place: Poznań, Poland

The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Poznań, Poland. Climate change poses multiple threats to health, from heat waves in Europe to storms and floods in the Americas, to malnutrition and vector-borne disease in Africa.

WHO aims to turn the attention of policy-makers to some compelling evidence from the health sector and to ensure that the health implications of climate change are fully considered in the negotiations being carried out towards the 15th Conference of the Parties. WHO is therefore organizing a side event and a panel discussion at the conference in order to:

  • raise awareness about health as one of the main neglected impacts of climate change;
  • clearly state what we know about climate change and its health risks; and
  • establish what we still need to know to improve the effectiveness of actions.

The COP 14 is an important half-way mark in the two-year negotiating process to reach a post-2012 climate change agreement in Copenhagen in 2009. Countries are expected to agree in Copenhagen to an ambitious climate change protocol which will come into effect in 2012 when the first phase of the UN’s Kyoto Protocol expires.

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