Climate change and human health

Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Consultation

14 - 16 November 2011
WHO, Geneva Switzerland

The protection of public health from an increasingly variable and changing climate is now a priority for the global health sector. Partnering with the meteorological community to ensure that weather and climate information is available and appropriate for health decisions is a key step in the process to managing climate risks. Today, the meteorological services in many countries around the world lack basic capabilities to provide sustainable access to climate services for users and decision makers in sectors confronted with the impacts of climate variability and change such as health, agriculture, water, disaster risk reduction. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is addressing this lacuna by working with relevant partners to develop and implement a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) which can support and help prepare climate affected sectors to better understand and cope with climate risks.

This consultation is led by WMO, the World Health Organization, the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It will bring together 65 experts from around the world who represent the climate, disaster, and health communities to inform the GFCS implementation plan. This consultation will discuss the production, availability, delivery and application of climate services, in order to develop a detailed set of recommendations for the GFCS implementation plan.

Scope and purpose of Health and DRR consultation

Consultation will:

  • Review the current status of, and critical needs for climate services in the health sector and DRR community at global, regional and national levels;
  • Identify decision making processes (including segmentation of the associated user groups), and the climate information required to assist these, in the health sector and DRR community;
  • Assess the current status of interactions of the climate service providers with the health sector and DRR community and identify the major areas for improvement;
  • Identify capacity development needs to advance the access, interpretation and use of climate information in the health sector and DRR community, including the aspects of uncertainty;
  • Identify criteria for selection of high priority projects to address major gaps at regional and national levels in the health sector and DRR community to be considered in the implementation plan of the GFCS.

Expected consultation outcomes

The consultation outcomes will inform the User-Interface-Platform of the WMO Global Framework for Climate Services, to ensure climate services meet health end-user needs. Discussion will identify short and long term issues, objectives and specific priority projects to enhance use of climate services to support health and DRR objectives.

More information

For further information contact: Joy Guillemot