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Climate Change Policy & Practice

World Health Organization (WHO)
Conference on Health and Climate

27-29 August 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights for Wednesday, 27 August 2014
The children of WHO staff present a petition on health and climate change to Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO.
WHO conference on health and climateThe World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate opened today in Geneva, Switzerland at WHO headquarters. The day focused on the state of climate knowledge and the public health response to climate change. In the morning, a high level session featured presentations from UN agencies, including WHO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank, among others. Margaret Chan, WHO Director General emphasized that the planet is “losing its capacity to sustain human life in good health.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), suggested that the UNFCCC climate negotiations be regarded as “a global public health agreement.”

In a panel discussion, ministers of health and environment discussed the links between international climate, sustainable development and health policy, and efforts being made at the national level. In the afternoon, two multi-stakeholder roundtables took place addressing health resilience and health benefits. In the evening, the Swiss Government held a welcome reception for conference participants.
L-R: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC; Maria Neira, WHO; John D.E. Boyce, Minister of Health, Barbados; Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO; and Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Fiona Godlee, Editor, British Medical Journal, moderates the discussions
L-R: Michel Jarraud, WMO, and Flavia Bustreo, Director General, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, WHO
A healthy snack greeting conference participants
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Conference Resources

*Conference Website *Adaptation Resources for Health
*Conference Background *Health in the Green Economy
*Conference Objectives and Themes *Global Environmental Change
*Public Health and Environment *Health Impact Assessment

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*2013 Climate and Health Summit *Durban Declaration on Climate and Health

IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the First Inter-ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa, 26–29 August 2008, Libreville, Gabon

*MEA Bulletin Guest Article No. 105 Making Progress in Water and Health Related Issues Across the Pan-European Region

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*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy

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