Health groups call on the leaders of the Western Balkan countries to harmonize national air quality standards with the World Health Organization Global air quality guidelines. Health experts should be actively involved in these decision-making processes to ensure the timely integration of public health measures into environmental policies. Compliance with WHO recommendations brings multiple benefits – reduced incidence of chronic diseases and premature deaths, reduced overall health costs and, most importantly, better health and higher productivity of people.
During COP24, several events will shed light on the health impacts of climate change, the opportunities to boost health through ambitious climate mitigation, and the need for health sector engagement.
Lancet Countdown – Briefing for EU policy-makers
On 5 December, HEAL together with the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) will host the Brussels launch of the new Lancet Countdown report and the Briefing for EU policy-makers. Entitled The EU’s climate ambition: assessment by the health sector, the event will bring together health and medical professionals, journalists and policy makers to hear the recommendations of the EU policy briefing and discuss policy measures that EU leaders should be taking from a health perspective, especially following the presentation of the EU’s long-term climate strategy and the ongoing negotiations at COP24.
Agenda of the event here
To register, please send an email to Eva Takaria email@example.com
COP24 Climate and Health Day
Saturday, 8 December will be a climate and health day with two exciting half day conferences being organized at the University of Silesia in Katowice.
In the morning, health representatives from Poland and across the world will debate Climate change and health – which role for the health sector in Poland?
The health threats of climate change are increasingly being discussed, especially following the extreme weather events this summer, with heatwaves in Poland and all over Europe. As many experts warn, climate change is the biggest threat to health of the 21st century. At the same time, tackling climate change can also bring huge boosts to health. When it comes to answering to the climate change challenge, doctors and the health sector have a unique role to play, not only in making sure that health services are prepared to respond to the health impacts, but also in providing leadership for which measures to prioritize that will be a win-win for our health and the climate.
The half day conference is organised by HEAL, in collaboration with the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), Pro Silesia Association and the Polish Climate Coalition.
Agenda of the event here.
Registration required here.
The afternoon will see the World Health Organization, together with the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the European Committee of the Regions, and the Pro Silesia Association, hosting a half-day Summit on climate change and health.
The annual Health Summit serves as a key anchoring event for advancing health-focused action, engagement and collaboration to address climate change. The Summit will also further the Call to Action on Climate and Health which outlines a set of ten priority policy actions for health leadership to advance ambitious progress towards climate and health goals. Read the call here
Registration required here.
Last but not least, several events will also be organised by the World Health Organization (WHO), including the launch of a WHO COP24 special report on Health and Climate Change.
Find out more about the HEAL delegation to COP24.