Health at the Durban Climate Change Conference
Health has been better represented at this Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP17) than in any previous year. Based on the increasing engagement of the global health community, a range of partners including WHO, National Governments, Development Banks, and NGOs, highlighted health within the negotiations. At least 12 side events touched on aspects of health and climate change, ranging from improving health representation in UNFCCC and sustainable development negotiations; implementation of the African regional framework for health adaptation, and a "Climate and Health Summit" led by the NGO community.
- Health issues gain traction at UN Climate Conference
Health leaders call for urgent action on climate
- Dr Pakishe Aaron Notsoaledi, Minister of Health South Africa, speaking at COP-17 in Durban, South Africa
- Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organisation, speaking at COP-17 in Durban, South Africa
- Prof Nicholas Stern, of the London School of Economics, speaking at COP-17 in Durban, South Africa
For more information on WHO's key messages, recommendations for the negotiations, and a list of health side events, please visit.