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7 - 18 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark

COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009

The United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, between December 7 and December 18, 2009. The conference includes the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15) and the 5th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 5). According to the Bali roadmap, a framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 is to be agreed there.

WHO Side Event - Protecting health from climate change
17 December 2009, 1 - 2.30pm, Victor Borg, Bella Centre, Copenhagen

The WHO side event at COP15 will involve the public health community under WHO leadership and aims to facilitate the inclusion of health concerns in the new agreement, decision-making, resource allocation and outreach activities. It also aims to facilitate information exchange and mutually beneficial interactions amongst the stakeholders for raising awareness and actively involving the health sector in responding to the climate change challenge.

During the workshop the significant impacts on human health of climate change as well as the strategies and experiences to enhance adaptation will be reviewed. The opportunities for health protection and promotion arising from "healthy" mitigation policies in areas such as transport and energy production and the mutual benefits of a more coordinated agenda between the health and climate communities will be stressed. The health sector, being an energy intensive sector, can also give a significant contribution to the mitigation efforts at international, national and local levels. In addition, UNAIDS will participate in the side event, using the opportunity as a first step in addressing the wider implications of the climate change and AIDS nexus. To this end, an issues paper will be presented, communicating 4-5 key messages around the security and humanitarian exigencies that may arise between climate change and AIDS, with the aim to open a space for a future and more substantive debate on the AIDS and climate change connection. A key speaker will be invited to join the round table discussion, to address these linkages

WHO will involve representatives of the scientific, public health and policy communities which will participate in a roundtable discussion about the experiences and actions required to protect health from climate change.

Related links

- Official site

- Submission by the World Health Organization [pdf 157kb]
Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action Under the Convention, Eighth Session, Copenhagen

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