Climate change and human health

World Health Assembly event: Climate change, vulnerable population protection and sustainability - from Cancun to Durban and Rio

17 May 2011, Geneva Switzerland

At a meeting co-organized by the Government. of Mexico and WHO, and chaired by the Minister of Health of Mexico Dr Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, World Health Assembly representatives from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Germany, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom highlighted the need to protect health from climate change, the potential for development and mitigation measures to improve health, and the opportunities for stronger health sector leadership in environment and development agendas. They also identified common ground on the importance both of a stronger role for health in the major environment and development processes including the Rio+20, and the Durban UNFCCC meeting. They also stressed the importance of strengthening management of environmental determinants, along with social determinants of health, to contribute to important new initiatives such as the international effort to combat the emerging epidemic of non-communicable diseases, which will be discussed at a special summit of the United Nations in September.