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Regional Workshops on Climate Change and Human Health

With rapidly expanding scientific information on climate change and it's impacts, it is increasingly important for WHO to work directly with vulnerable nations, to raise awareness of human health implications, and to plan effective responses. Nine inter-regional workshops on Human Health Impacts from Climate Variability and Climate Change were organized between 2000 and 2007 by the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). This series of workshops focused on particularly climate sensitive and vulnerable nations within WHO regions. Each workshop has been an important forum not only to raise awareness, but to gain the input of member states on how to address the additional health risks posed by climate change. It has allowed countries to understand and take stock of their national and regional health vulnerabilities and identify their capacity building, information and resource strengths and needs. This provides a firm basis for future actions.

The Workshops

  • Pacific Islands - Samoa, July 25-28 2000 - 13 Participating countries
  • Caribbean Islands - Barbados, May 21-25 2002 - 21 participating countries
  • Himalayas & Mountainous Asia - India, October 3-7 2005 - 7 participating countries
  • China - China, November 3-5 2005
  • Central Asia - Uzbekistan, June 1-2, 2006 - 7 participating countries
  • Eastern Mediterranean Region - Jordan, December 11-14 2006 - 10 participating countries
  • Asia - Malaysia, July 2-5 2007 - 18 participant countries
  • Central America - Costa Rica, August 6-10 2007 - 7 participating countries
  • Africa - (TBA, 2008)

Published Workshop reports

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