Both migration and climate change are likely to remain on the very top of the international agenda, posing key challenges for both France and Germany. The Centre is keen on positioning itself at the very core of these debates, and it will continue to explore the interactions between climate change, migration and health, as it did in 2016. The workshop we organised at the French Embassy in Berlin in July 2016 was a resounding success, and laid the foundation for the major side-event we organised at the UN Climate Conference (COP22) that took place in Marrakech in November 2016. This event, organised with many international partners, including The Lancet Countdown, renewed our commitment to these issues and was a great opportunity to introduce our work to the community of researchers, policy-makers and activists working on climate change. We will continue this work in 2017 with even greater engagement and new partnerships.
Meanwhile, we continued our work on outbreaks. At the time of writing, it is not known yet who the new Secretary General of the World Health Organization will be, but there’s no doubt that we will continue our work with WHO and other partners on these issues for global public health. We shall organise a new workshop on ‘Putting Outbreaks into Perspective’ in Berlin in March 2017, which shall also echo the past workshop we organised on the importance of open science for the prevention of pandemic risks. Again, we will be hosted at the French Embassy in Berlin, and I would like to seize this opportunity to thank once again the French and German governments, as well as their respective embassies, for their continuous support to our work.
And of course, our commitment to open science and education accessible to all remains intact: this is the reason why we are launching a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focusing on Climate Change and Health in the African context this month.
I hope to interact with as many of you as possible in this new year, and already look forward to such opportunities.