Workshop on climate change and health – World Health Summit 2017

The US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement came as a shock, and could have worrying environmental consequences, but not only. Climate change is indeed central to all the major challenges of the 21st century: the rising temperature, extreme wheather events and greenhouse gas emission have direct or indirect effects on food security, urban policies, or even migration. As well, climate change poses an important threat to our health. However, tackling climate change could represent “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

The Centre Virchow-Villermé thus organized a workshop on climate change and health at the World Health Summit 2017, together with the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina and the University of Geneva. It took place on October 15, 2017.

This workshop explored the diverse links between climate change, health, emerging infectious diseases, food security, and migration, as well as the importance of the health argument in climate negotiations. The Lancet Countdown initiative was also presented.

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Program Presentation: Health as an Argument in the Climate Negotiations

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