Media centre

Second Global Conference on Health and Climate

Building Healthier Societies through implementation of the Paris Agreement

Dates: 7–8 July 2016
Place: Paris, France

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 agreement - that will have a major public health policy impact as countries take action. As stated in the agreement, “the right to health”, will be central to the actions taken.

The Agreement not only sets ambitious aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming well below 2°C, it also commits countries to strengthen adaptation. This includes implementing plans that should protect human health from the worst impacts of climate change, such as air pollution, heat waves, floods and droughts, and the ongoing degradation of water resources and food security. It commits countries to finance clean and resilient futures in the most vulnerable countries.

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

To build on this historic opportunity, WHO, and the Government of France, holding the Presidency of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will jointly host the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate: “Building Healthier Societies through implementation of the Paris Agreement”.


The Conference will showcase how the public health community will support the implementation of the Paris agreement, in order to build healthier and more sustainable societies.


Participation at the conference is by invitation. If you would like to attend, please indicate your interest by emailing The closing date for expressions of interest is 30 May 2016.

Travel and accommodation

Registration is free, but the organisers are not able to cover travel or accommodation costs. Information on recommended travel and accommodation arrangements will soon be made available on this page.