Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Climate Change Tops International Agenda

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Climate Change Tops International Agenda

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Delegates from WHO's Member States will discuss "the link between climate and health" this month at the World Health Assembly (WHA)--just three months before WHO hosts the first ever global conference on climate change and health.

Climate change is already having detrimental effects on "agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some people's livelihoods" all over the world, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations (UN) group that assesses the science related to climate change.

The IPCC, in the second of three parts of its Fifth Assessment Report released on 31 March, found that the world was "ill prepared for risks from climate change".

In the general discussion at the Assembly from 19 to 24 May, delegates are expected to share their own national experiences and efforts to address the link between climate and health.

"Climate change is moving to the top of the international agenda, as countries prepare to negotiate a new international climate treaty through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change next year," said Maria Neira, director of the Department of Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health at WHO.

The WHO Conference on Health and Climate in Geneva is due to take place from 27-29 August. Health policymakers and their colleagues working on environment and climate from many countries will join experts from WHO and other UN organizations, nongovernmental organizations, national development agencies and philanthropic foundations. …

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