COP28 to Host Inaugural Health Ministerial Meeting with Declaration on December 3

COP28 to Host Inaugural Health Ministerial Meeting with Declaration on December 3

Abu Dhabi - COP28 is poised to elevate the political significance of the climate-health intersection, integrating health into the global climate change agenda. The comprehensive Health Programme is currently in the developmental phase, and further details will be released soon.

In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and key partners, COP28 is set to host the inaugural Health Day and Climate-Health Ministerial, marking a significant milestone. Additionally, for the third occasion, the WHO and Wellcome Trust will host the COP28 Health Pavilion, providing a pivotal platform for the convergence of various stakeholders, including ministers, climate and health professionals, civil society organizations, youth representatives, and businesses. This initiative aims to mainstream the climate-health agenda. The WHO, in partnership with members of the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate Change and Health (ATACH), will continue to advocate for commitments to develop climate-resilient and sustainable low-carbon health systems.

In preparation for COP28, the online course "Climate Change Negotiations and Health" will undergo updates tailored to the upcoming negotiations. This course furnishes essential information on the impact of climate change on human health, offers an overview of past climate change negotiations, and explores avenues to address health considerations and priorities within climate change policies and negotiations.

WHO, working closely with the health community, will craft submissions and statements addressing key health-related issues during COP28 negotiations. Support will be extended to negotiators on effectively incorporating health into various negotiation streams.

For additional insights into the COP28 UAE Presidency's vision, please consult the official Letter to Parties from the COP President-Designate, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, available in the below link : -

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