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Climate change and health policy update – November 2009

Climate change Policy developments - A overview of up-coming policy developments in the EU

- On the 24th November the European Parliament will vote on the Parliament’s Resolution on climate change and discussions around the EU negotiation position.

- EU Environment Ministers will meet at an extraordinary Environment Council on 23 November to discuss, among other issues, the EU’s position for Copenhagen.

- During the UNFCCC Barcelona negotiations this month, HEAL and HCWH E focused on strengthening the health dimension and ensuring that health co-benefits are included in the official UNFCCC text. We sent letters to all national UNFCCC negotiators with our recommendations on how to improve the text.

HEAL’s action on climate change and health

- December health delegation in Copenhagen

HEAL will have an official delegation at Copenhagen (14-17 Dec) in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm. It will include high level health leaders and allow us to continue our work in increasing focus on the effects of climate change on human health with the help of the Prescription for a Healthy Planet.’ To find out the most up-to-date news on this please visit the Campaign Timeline.

- During the Barcelona UNFCCC negotiations 2- 6 November 2009, we presented the Prescription for a Healthy Planet to global policy makers. Read more about the Global Launch. For an update on the campaign progress to date see the Campaign Timeline

At Barcelona we also launched the Prescription’s website - you can now sign up to the join the campaign to bring a focus on health into the climate negotiations -

- HEAL and Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWHE) produced recommendations to UNFCCC negotiators on how to strengthen health dimension in UNFCCC text towards Copenhagen. Read these here

Your action

- Become a signatory of Prescription. Add your name to the growing list of individuals and organisations calling for Global leaders to avert a global public health crisis now by abating climate change - this is a number one priority in Copenhagen and beyond. Sign up here

Last updated on 10 June 2011

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