Rising water levels in the island nation of Kiribati

UNFCCC Conference of Parties 23 (COP23)

6- 17 November 2017, Bonn, Germany – The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marks the beginning of a new era in the gobal response to climate change.

Among cross-sectoral events which will feature health throughout the conference, there will be a high-level event addressing “Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement” on November 12th 2017. At this event special attention will be paid to the least developed countries and small island developing states.


Fifth Global Climate and Health Summit

11 November 2017, Bonn, Germany -The Paris Agreement, adopted at COP21 in 2015, represented a pivotal moment in determining the global response to climate change. The Agreement came into force in November 2016, signed by 195 out of 197 nations, and (notwithstanding the recent change in position of the United States of America) represents a crucial step towards keeping global aggregate temperatures below 2°C. Many, however, believe that we can do better than 2 degrees. To protect public health, we must do better. There is a call to limit warming to 1.5°C, and to do so, achieve a net downward trend in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

The COP Presidency’s High-Level Event on Health

12 November 2017, Bonn, Germany:The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marked a proactive turning point in the global response to climate change. “The right to health”, acknowledged in the Paris Agreement, is central to the actions that are to be taken.

In order to monitor the progress been made by the health community and continue advocating for the importance of promoting and protecting health from climate change, a High-Level Event will take place at COP23 under the Fijian Presidency.

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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Toolkit of key resources for climate and health

Health and climate change toolkit for project managers

The climate change and health toolkit is a one-stop resource containing key resources that address climate change and health issues. It is intended for planners, policy makers, and those working at the policy/practice interface.

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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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Climate resilient water safety plans: managing the health risks associated with climate variability and change

Long-term planning for an adequate and safe supply of drinking-water should be set in the context of growing external uncertainties arising from changes in the climate and environment. The water safety plan (WSP) process offers a systematic framework to manage these risks by considering the implications of climate variability and change.

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