For several years, HCWH and several other health organizations have organized to bring the health sector voice and perspective to the global climate negotiations.
In November 2013, HCWH co-sponsored the Second Global Climate and Health Summit, which took place in Warsaw, Poland, during the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Summit, organized by the Global Climate and Health Alliance, will provide delegates with the latest evidence, and will align both the health and non-health communities to coordinate efforts on a route map to the creation of a new climate treaty.
HCWH was the lead organizer of the First Global Climate and Health Summit, which took place in Durban South Africa in late 2011 in parallel with UNFCCC Negotations.
The Summit was co-organized in conjunction with the World Federation of Public Health Associations, the World Medical Association, the International Council of Nurses, the World Health Organization and the Nelson Mandela Medical School in Durban. It was inaugurated by South Africa’s Minister of Health, included many distinguished speakers and was attended by more than 200 health leaders from more than 40 countries.
In addition to building synergy between various initiatives, the Summit produced three key outputs.
- The Durban Declaration on Climate and Health, which was directed at the climate negotiators gathered there.
- The Durban Call to Action, which has become a framework for health sector organizing on climate change.
- The creation of the Global Climate and Health Alliance to continue efforts begun in Durban. In the year following the first Summit, health organizations came together around the UNFCCC negotiations in Qatar to produce the Doha Declaration.
HCWH is a founding member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, which was formed in Durban, South Africa in 2011 to tackle climate change and to protect and promote public health.
The Alliance consists of health organizations from around the world united by a shared vision for a sustainable future.
Specifically the Alliance members work together to:
- Ensure health impacts are integrated into global, national and local responses to climate change
- Encourage the health sector to mitigate and adapt to climate change
The Alliance was launched following the First Global Climate and Health Summit, which was organized by HCWH and took place in Durban during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In addition to HCWH, Alliance members include the UK Climate and Health Council, the Climate and Health Alliance of Australia, the New Zealand Climate and Health Council, FHI 360, the European Health and Environment Alliance, and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations.
The Alliance meets annually at the conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. For more information, click here.