November 27, 2018

Climate Change and Health

Climate change already has significant implications for human health and well-being – and impacts are likely to grow for the foreseeable future. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that climate change is “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”, calling the Paris Agreement a “fundamental public health agreement.” Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, with direct damage costs at a minimum of USD 4 billion per year. Yet health and climate change, as well as the humanitarian sphere, continue to be largely separate in their policy and budgeting. This roundtable will aim to identify a limited number of near-term solutions and innovations, which participants can collectively promote to bridge policymaking, financing, and management of climate and health fields, including emergency settings.

Organized by: UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment & World Health Organization.