COP24 special report on health and climate change

3-14 December 2018, Katowice, Poland - In its latest report, WHO highlights health as the biggest issue to be prioritized during COP-24 and provides key recommendations to the negotiators on how to maximize the health benefits of tackling climate change and avoid the worse health impacts of this global challenge. Although there has been hugely positive progress in tackling health and climate change issues, there is a still a long way to go. Millions of people are still exposed to air pollution globally, resulting in 7 million premature deaths every year; 3 billion people still lack access to clean and reliable energy; and nearly a quarter of all deaths worldwide result from people having to live or work in unhealthy environments. Unless significant changes are made and stronger action taken, we are risk of failing to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

UNFCCC's Conference of Parties: Special talk on Climate Change and Health with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

4 December 2018, Katowice, Poland: Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about climate change and health with Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, during the 24th United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

Sixth Global Climate and Health Summit

2018 Global Climate and Health Summit, Katowice, Poland On 8th December, 2018 the World Health Organization, together with the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the European Committee of the Regions, and the Pro Silesia Association, will host a half-day Summit on climate change and health, alongside the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Katowice. The annual Health Summit serves as a key anchoring event for advancing health-focused action, engagement and collaboration to address climate change. View Summit Programme: Summit Programme

Third Global Conference on Health and Climate Change, 16-17 October 2018

The SIDS Initiative has a vision that by 2030, all health systems in SIDS will be resilient to climate variability and change. PAHO, jointly with WHO, will convene the Caribbean meeting of the geographically dispersed III Global Conference on Health and Climate Change: Special Focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in St. George's, Grenada, from 16-17 October 2018.

Global Conference on Health and Climate

Global Conference on Health and Climate

The Conference showcases how the public health community supports the implementation of the Paris agreement, in order to build healthier and more sustainable societies.

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Toolkits of key resources for climate and health

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Climate and health country profiles

WHO UNFCCC Climate and health country profiles

Monitoring health impacts of climate change and progress in building climate resilient health systems.

Climate change and health in Small Island Developing States

Special initiative

WHO Special Initiative in collaboration with UNFCCC Secretariat and Fijian Presidency of COP-23.

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