Climate change and human health

Health at the Durban Climate Change Conference

29 November - 10 December 2011
Durban, South Africa

Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011

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.

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