Climate change and human health

Twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

6- 17 November 2017, Bonn, Germany

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

Among cross-sectoral events which will feature health throughout the conference, there will be a high-level event addressing “Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement” on November 12th 2017.

At this event special attention will be paid to the least developed countries and small island developing states, with discussions aiming to;

  • Showcase the ongoing initiatives of national governments and the wider health community, in implementing the health commitments of the Paris agreement and the health and climate agenda.
  • Assess the current state of progress, and identify ongoing barriers to stronger action to protect and promote health while addressing climate change.

The Fifth Global Climate and Health Summit, will also run in parallel to the COP in Bonn, Germany on 11 November 2017.

Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States

The effects of climate change (including increased average temperatures, more frequent and severe extreme weather events and rising sea levels) will exacerbate this disease burden with an expected increase in illnesses and deaths, as well as threatening access to safe food supplies, clean water and sanitation.