Climate and Health Summit 2013

Mon, 21/10/13

An Alliance of some of the world’s leading Health organizations are joining forces in collaboration with WHO to organize a one-day Climate and Health Summit in Warsaw, in parallel with COP19.  

The Summit will coordinate action across all sectors to protect human health from the impacts of climate change. Drawing on the 2011 Durban Health Sector Call to Action, the Summit will build a road-map for the international health community to work towards in the run up to the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris.
 
In 2009 The Lancet described climate changes as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. Since then, the case for addressing climate change impacts on health – and the co-benefits of mitigation for health - has been firmly established. Reducing dependence of coal-fired power, for example, will reduce air pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and assist in achieving other Millennium Development Goals by helping the poor in developing countries access clean, affordable energy and by helping to reduce gender inequality.
 
More specifically discussions among health professionals about the impacts of climate change are increasing in scope and volume - both in terms of mitigating the emissions of greenhouse gases from their places of work and by adapting for climate change over the short to mid term.
 
The Summit will take place on Saturday 16 November at The Marriott Hotel, Al. Jerozolimskie 65/79, Warsaw, 00-697, Poland. Attendance is free. Interested parties are invited to register at: www.climateandhealthalliance.org/summit/registration
 
The Summit is being organized by the Global Climate and Health Alliance, which was formed in Durban in 2011. The aim of the alliance is to tackle climate change and to protect and promote public health. The Alliance consists of health organizations from around the world united by a shared vision for a sustainable future. Specifically the Alliance members work together to:
 
  1. Ensure health impacts are integrated into global, national and local responses to climate change
  2. Encourage the health sector to mitigate and adapt for climate change
It does this through providing leadership; advocating for health and climate; policy and research, and engaging and informing.
 
Summit details:
Date: Saturday 16 November 2013
Time: Registration from 8:00, Programme from 9:00 to 17:00
Venue: The Marriott Hotel, Al. Jerozolimskie 65/79, Warsaw, 00-697, Poland
(5 mins from the National Stadium, Warsaw)
 

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