The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marked the beginning of a new era in the global response to climate change. The world now has a global climate treaty that is becoming a public health treaty as countries take action. “The right to health”, acknowledged in the Paris Agreement, is central to the actions that are to be taken.
At this year’s COP, health will be a key theme. Among cross-sectoral events which will feature health throughout the conference, there will be a high-level event addressing “Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement” on 12 November 2017.
At this event special attention will be paid to the least developed countries and small island developing states, with discussions aiming to;
- Showcase the ongoing initiatives of national governments and the wider health community, in implementing the health commitments of the Paris agreement and the health and climate agenda.
- Assess the current state of progress, and identify ongoing barriers to stronger action to protect and promote health while addressing climate change.
The Fifth Global Climate and Health Summit, will also run in parallel to the COP in Bonn, Germany on 11 November 2017.