Climate change and human health

Health topics at COP22, Marrakech

The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marks the beginning of a new era in the global response to climate change. The world now has a global climate treaty, that will become a public health treaty as countries take action. As stated in the agreement, “the right to health”, will be central to the actions taken.

COP22 will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages. The Agreement sets ambitious aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions while committing countries to strengthen adaptation. It commits countries to finance clean and resilient futures in the most vulnerable countries.

Through monitoring and revision of national commitments every five years, the world will begin to see improvements not only in the environment, but also in health, including reductions in more than 7 million deaths worldwide that are attributed to air pollution every year.

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