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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

In 1992 the UNFCCC was signed by 154 states (plus the EC) at Rio de Janeiro, entering into force in March 1994. Its ultimate objective is the "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic human-induced interference with the climate system. Such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner."

- Visit the UNFCCC website

WHO collaborates with the UNFCCC on the development of guidelines for assessing the health impacts of climate change and on adaptation measures for human health.
It also reports to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body of Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA):

- SBSTA 17 (2002): WHO reports on activities on climate change and human health [pdf, 17 kb]
- SBSTA 15 (2001): WHO reports on activities on climate change and human health [pdf, 29 kb]
- SBSTA 12 (2000): WHO reports on activities related to the risk to human health from climate change [pdf, 25 kb]

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