Climate change and human health

Health policy and climate change

WHO is committed to engage actively in the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with member states, and relevant partners to promote effective climate and health policies which promote health protection.

WHO develops discussion papers, guidance documents, and recommendations to improve health protection in international health and climate change negotiations and agreements.

This section provides information on WHO's relevant policy mandates, positions, and actions to support health improvement through climate policy.

WHO's actions for climate and health

Member states requested WHO in the 2008 World Health Assembly to develop a global Work Plan to support member states in climate change and health protection.

Approved by the Executive Board in 2009, and updated in 2014, WHO's climate change and health work plan has four main objectives:

  • advocate and raise awareness
  • strengthen partnerships
  • enhance scientific evidence
  • strengthen health system

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