Highlights of some key health events at COP27

As world leaders open pivotal climate talks at COP-27 in Sharm El Sheikh next week, the stakes will be too high for our planet to end this year’s conference without resolving crucial, pending issues on finance, support on adaptation and resilience, and implementation of recent climate commitments. COP27 will be a further opportunity for the world to come together and demonstrate the requisite political will to take on the climate challenge through concerted, collaborative and impactful action.

But discussion around climate change and its impact on the world’s population cannot take place without acknowledging the importance of global public health and how this is inextricably linked with climate change and the environment. The World Health Organization will have a key role at the conference to highlight the health-environment nexus and critically, to ensure the inclusion of health content in the negotiations.

A dedicated Health Pavilion will showcase over 40 side events related to climate change and health, covering topics ranging from energizing health: accelerating electricity access in health-care facilities to the development of early warning systems and climate resilient food systems. WHO will be promoting the health argument for climate actions, the resilience of health systems, strengthening and reinforcing international cooperation and supporting the most vulnerable countries.

All health events will be featured here

Below some key media events. For the speakers and location please refer to the brochure on this page.

High Level Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) Health Systems Taskforce event: 8 November 2022, 08:00-09:30 EET

This high-level event dedicated to the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) Health Systems Taskforce is to accelerate the delivery of net zero, sustainable healthcare to improve individual, societal and planetary health. Health Systems Task Force was launched at COP26 in Glasgow and is comprised of healthcare leaders from the private and public sectors.

Speakers will include the WHO Director-General (virtual), Egyptian Minister of Health, Dr Khaled Abdel Ghaffer, and Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Scotland.

Location: Four Season’s Hotel

WHO Health Pavilion Inauguration. The price of Climate Change is paid by our Lungs: 8 November 2022, 12:00-13:00 EET

The Health Pavilion is a reminder of how our health is impacted by climate change and environmental factors and why we need to put it at the centre of these negotiations. Over 90 per cent of people breathe air that that is polluted beyond WHO air quality limits and threatens their health, causing 7 million premature deaths every year. A heating world is seeing mosquitoes spread disease further and faster than ever before. Extreme weather events, land degradation and water scarcity are displacing people and affecting their health. 
This high-level event will feature an artistic performance from Land Body Ecologies, an interdisciplinary network of human rights activists, artists, scientists and indigenous communities, and fireside chats with high-level speakers.
Speakers will include Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General (virtual), Alan Dangour, Director of Climate and Health, Wellcome Trust, Dr Maria Neira, Director of Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

High Level Meeting: Energizing health: accelerating electricity access in health-care facilities. WHO, World Bank, SE4ALL, IRENA: 8 November 2022 15:30-17:00 EET

Access to energy is critical when it comes to the functionality of health-care facilities and the quality, accessibility and reliability of health services delivered. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are served by health-care facilities without electricity. Even in cases when electricity connection exists, power supply is not reliable due to poor grid infrastructures or non-functional diesel generators. While most large hospitals have access to electricity, access rates drop dramatically for rural clinics. 
This high-level event will focus on the urgent need to accelerate electricity access in health-care facilities globally to protect public health and minimize the dramatic impacts of climate change. The event will provide the opportunity to highlight key challenges and to discuss concrete actions and cooperation opportunities, benefiting from the participation of high-level representatives of international organizations and governments.
Speakers will include Goddy Jedy-Agba, Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Power, Nigeria, Riccardo Puliti, Vice-President of Infrastructure, World Bank and Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Communicating efficiently on climate change and health: 8 November 2022, 17:30-18:45 EET

WHO is currently collaborating with Health Canada and leading communication experts to develop guidance and tools for the global health community, in order to improve advocacy and its role in enabling policies that protect health from climate change.

This side event is an opportunity to promote an open dialogue among policy makers and communication experts, public health and climate communities to take stock on successes, failures and new opportunities to use the health topic in strategic climate talks as motivational factor to raise more ambitions and increase the overall understanding that: INVESTING IN CLIMATE EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS means INVESTING in BETTER HEALTH FOR ALL.

As an additional contribution to this alternative communication approach, one of the thematic film prizes of WHO’s Health for All Film Festival in 2023 will be dedicated to Climate Change and Health and the call for submissions is open until 31 January 2023.

Speakers will include Isabella Chan, Assistant Deputy Health Minister for Health Canada, Dr Edward W. Maibach, Director of George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and Dr Maria Neira, Director for Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Building Resilient and Sustainable Low Carbon Health Systems in Africa and Middle East: 9 November 2022, 10:00-11:15 EET

The event will highlight call for action to support health benefits for the African and Eastern Mediterranean population, as well as the environmental and climate co-benefits, that can be obtained by implementing ongoing multi-sectoral policies and initiatives in the African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions. The side event will showcase progress on promoting the COP26 Health Initiative on Building Climate Resilient and Sustainable Low Carbon Health Systems in the AFRO and EMRO Regions and will deep dive on opportunities and challenges for their implementation taking stock of existing networks and partnerships, such as the Clim-health, and considering the important momentum created in the frames of the COP27.

Speaker will include Dr Brama Kone’, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Carolyn Tateishi, Director, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada and Prof Youba Sokona, Coordinating Co-Chair, Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa and Vice Chair, IPCC.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone. 

High level meeting: Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH): 9 November 2022, 11:30-13:00 EET

This high-level event will showcase the experience of countries that have already committed to building climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems and invite other Member States, as well as non-state actors, to join ATACH. The Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH) works to realize the ambition set at COP26 in Glasgow last year to build climate-resilient and sustainable health systems and promote the integration of climate change and health nexus into respective national, regional and global plans.

ATACH is co-convened by the UK and Egypt. As part of this initiative, over 60 countries have already committed to building climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems, and among these, 20 countries have also set a target date to reach net- zero carbon emissions from their health systems before 2050.

Location: Memphis Room, Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention Center (SHICC) 

Ride for their Lives 2022: An inspiring story of international collaborative action: 9 November 2022, 13:00-14:00

This event will mark the climax of Ride for their Lives 2022 (RFTL2022). This year, hundreds of healthcare providers from around the world – including the United Kingdom, the United States, Colombia, Chile, France, Switzerland, and Italy – have been organizing cycle rides to inspire action on air pollution and support children’s health. In this event, we will hear from the doctors and riders who participated in the campaign about their experiences of the ride and how it has inspired them and their institutions to take further action.

The campaigners are raising support for the Healthy Climate Prescription Letter, signed by over 300 medical organizations across the globe, the Fossil Fuel NonProliferation Treaty and an editorial entitled “Urgent action needed for Africa and the world”, co-authored by editors from 16 African medical journals.

Speakers will include Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of Climate Change and Health Unit, WHO, Dr Omnia El Omrani, COP27 President Envoy of Youth and Dr Mark Hayden, consultant intensivist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK and lead ride organizer RFTL 2022.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.  

Climate Action and Psychology: Using Psychological Science and Practice to Promote Mental Health: 9 November 2022, 14:00-15:15

Climate change can negatively impact mental health and well-being. For example, psychological science documents a relationship between increasing heat and aggression, growing anxiety resulting from various aspects of climate change, such as the enormity of the problem combined with imminent need for action, and comorbid influences between environmental degradation and physical and mental health.

This session provides information about programmes, resources, and projects that promote mental health in the context of a changing climate within an equity lens. Attendees will obtain an overview of some of the primary ways that the United Nations, national governments, and civil society are using science-based approaches to promote resilience and well-being around the world in the context of a warming climate.

Speakers will include Samuel Hill, Department of Health and Social Care, United Kingdom (virtual), Jessica Newberry Le Vay, MSc Imperial College London and Amanda Clinton, PhD, American Psychological Association.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone. 

Health and Energy Platform of Action (HEPA): Tackling the health-energy-climate nexus through increased capacity, finance and actions on the ground to accelerate clean cooking: 9 November 2022, 15:30-16:45 EET

This side event will showcase concrete actions, projects and programmes, partners of the Health and Energy Platform of Action (HEPA) are implementing on the ground to improve clean household energy within the most vulnerable communities. A variety of HEPA partners working on health and energy issues have committed to accelerate action towards clean cooking and will share practical experience in various countries and regions.

The session will also showcase successful interventions and technical tools to accelerate access to clean cooking in different countries and regions. After a short introduction of the Clean Household Energy Solutions Toolkit (CHEST), representatives and partners will walk through several examples of how CHEST has been applied practically on the ground. This includes the application of the Benefits of Action to Reduce Household Air Pollution (BAR-HAP) tool or the implementation of the Household Energy Assessment Rapid Tool (HEART).

Speakers will include Dr Maria Neira, Director Environment, Climate Change & Health, WHO, Kandeh Yumkella, Member of Parliament, CEO of TENN Network, Sierra Leone and Mr Ed Brown, Research Director, Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS).

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone. 

Global Youth Forum on Health and Climate Change. WHO and Government of Egypt: 8-9 November 2022

WHO, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) are organising the first ever Global Youth Forum on Health and Climate Change ahead of COP27 to support meaningful youth engagement in climate and health action.

The forum will take place over three days: The Global Youth Forum will be organized under the Patronage of His Excellency Minister of Health and Population of Egypt Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar and His Excellency Minister of Youth and Sport of Egypt Dr. Ashraf Sobhy.

More information available here

Location: Virtual 

Urgent action to strengthen climate change education for all health professionals: 10 November 2022, 10:00-11:15 EET

The Capacity Building Subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group to Advance Action on Climate Change and Health in partnership with the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, launched a special call for strengthening climate change education for all health professionals, together with an Open Letter with recommendations to all health education stakeholders in June 2022.

This event will highlight the importance of climate change education in building the capacity of health professionals for better preparedness and responses to the climate crisis.

Speakers will include Cecilia Sorensen, Director, Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, Columbia University, SanYuMay Tun, Lead for Education for Sustainable Healthcare, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford and Poornima Prabhakaran, Head, Environmental Health and Director, Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFA).

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Health and climate change: one health for all: “one vision and one response”: 10 November 2022, 11:00-11:50 EET

The session addresses the interconnectivity of the different pillars of One Health approach to sustainably balance, protect and strengthen human, animal, and ecosystem health.

Discussion among panelists will focus on the most tangible impacts present globally related to one health approach as zoonotic disease, food poisoning, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and discusses potential innovative approaches, and protocols, working across borders to extrapolate a strong foundation and define clear action plans that can demonstrate global commitments to the nature and the biodiversity.

Speakers will include Dr Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO, and the representative of the quadripartite collaboration for One Health “FAO, UNEP, WHO, and WOAH”, Ms Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Dr Maria Neira, Director for Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO.

Location: COP27 Presidential Pavilion, Blue Zone.

From Evidence to Policy and Action: regional perspectives on responses to climate change impacts on health: 10 November 2022, 11:30-12:45 EET

Scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is the greatest global health threat of the 21st century. While the science on climate change and its impact on human health is clear, there is considerable work needed at the interface between research, policy making and its translation into on the ground programming.

This event will explore gaps in implementation research on risk and response to climate impacts on health, explore regional approaches, challenges and lessons learnt, as well as focus on the role of implementation science in public health decision making. Talks will be followed by a panel discussion on the common challenges faced by researchers and public health practitioners.

Speakers will include Dr. Stella Hartinger, Director of Lancet Countdown, South America, Dr. Renee Salas MD – Harvard University and Senior Author of the Lancet Countdown Policy Report, United States of America and Dr. Revati Phalkey – Honorary Associate Professor for Global Health, Heidelberg Institute for Global Health.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Partnerships beyond the health sector for accelerating the uptake of scientific knowledge: 10 November 2022, 14:00-15:15 EET

This transdisciplinary event will i) highlight the importance of action on climate change for human health and wellbeing benefits, and ii) provide examples of partnerships that can provide the types of rapid and urgent transformations that we need in order to safeguard our future. The panellists represent research, practitioner and policy perspectives and will all bring different case studies of partnerships and the science – policy – practice nexus. The purpose is to strengthen understanding across and within sectors about the fundamental importance of collaboration and partnerships beyond the health sector. Panellists will speak briefly on their topic area, and discussion from the audience will follow.

Panel chair: Kathryn Bowen, Professor – Melbourne Climate Futures & Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Speakers will include Kathryn Bowen, Professor – Melbourne Climate Futures & Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Dr Chandni Singh, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) & Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of Climate Change and Health Unit, WHO.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Press conference – Our Kids’Climate and Parents For Future: 10 November 2022, 15:00-15:30 EET

Mothers from Our Kids’Climate and Parents For Future Global – two networks uniting parents to act on climate – will make a heart-felt plea to world leaders to put children’s health, rights and futures at the heart of the COP27 climate summit.

The mothers speaking at the press conference are: Bhavreen Kandari (Warrior Moms, India), Xoli Fuyani (Black Girls Rising/Our Kids’ Climate, South Africa), Maya Mailer (Co-Director of Our Kids’ Climate and co-founder of UK climate parent group Mothers’ Rise Up) alongside Lais Fleury from the Alana Institute. They will be joined by Dr Maria Neira, Director for Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO.

Location: The Press Conference Room – Luxor, Area B, Taba Area, Blue Zone, COP27  

Wildland Fires: Planetary and Public Health Solutions: 10 November 2022, 18:30-19:30 EET

From 1979 to 2022, fire seasons lengthened across 25.3% of the Earth’s vegetated surface, resulting in an 18.7% increase in the mean length of the global fire season. Wildfires cause significant air pollution, loss of water, loss of wildlife, loss of biodiversity, and loss of human lives, and these fires increase greenhouse gas emissions, further exacerbating climate change. As climate change increases the likelihood of catastrophic fires occurring, this leads to a vicious circle of ever-escalating wildfires and global warming.

This session will focus on solutions-facing topics with policy-oriented outcomes, especially with LMICs. Discussion topics include: wildfire and health risks, especially focusing on vulnerable populations; best practice monitoring and alert systems and SDG framework solutions for promoting resiliency in LMIC and other communities at risk of wildfires.

Speakers will include Juan Castilla, PAHO, Chris Field- Woods Institute, Stanford and Mazen Malkawi-Wildland Fire expert, Middle East region.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Climate Classroom: Climate Change and Health: 11 November 2022, 09:00-09:45 EET

The Climate Classroom is an innovative learning experience that is designed to introduce and expose learners to specific climate change topics. This 45-minute class presents the interlinkages between climate change and health, following an interactive lesson plan, including 15 minutes of substance, 15 minutes of illustration (e.g. case study or example), 15 minutes of reflection and Q&A, allowing learners to interact and engage with the content.

This event will be organized in a hybrid format, with limited in-person participation on a first-come, first-served basis and live-streaming available on the Health Pavilion webpage.

Speakers will include Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of Climate Change and Health Unit, WHO

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Advancing development of climate resilient and low carbon health systems under the ATACH: 11 November 2022, 10:00-11:15 EET

At Glasgow COP26, WHO and other partners agreed to build climate resilient and sustainable health systems, using the collective power of WHO Member States and other stakeholders at speed and scale; and promote the integration of climate change and health nexus into respective national, regional, and global plans. Priorityareas for this were identified as building climate resilient health and low carbon systems, financing commitments and decarbonising supply chains. The Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH) is providing a platform for member countries and partners to exchange views, share information, and enhance technical and political co-operation.

This side event led by the Commonwealth Secretariat and ATACH will bring together partners including WHO, the Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub (CCFAH) and member countries like Canada and United Kingdom to share their experiences around various elements of the priorities set out in COP26 at Glasgow.

Speakers will include Prof Ruth Kattumuri, Senior Director Commonwealth Secretariat,  Dr Peter Berry, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Canada and Ms Elena Villabos-Prats, Technical Officer, World Health Organisation.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Transforming health systems through decarbonization and resilience: 11 November 2022, 17:00–19:00 EET

How can we achieve health systems that are sustainable and resilient and that build community resilience? This session will promote a lively conversation about experiences from diverse health systems and contexts, where different strategies are needed to build resilience through mitigation, sustainability and adaptation.

This event will be organized in a hybrid format with limited in-person participation on a first-come, first served basis and live-streaming available on the Health Pavilion webpage. The event will last two hours and will use different formats to promote active participation from the audience, combined with recognized leaders working in different contexts and geographical regions.

Speakers will include Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of Climate Change and Health Unit, WHO, Patrick Youssef, Director for Africa, ICRC, and Dr. Bouakeo Souvanhthong, Deputy Director General, Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion (DHHP), Ministry of Health Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

“The Global Stock Take: incorporating health metrics to meet the Paris goals”: 12 November 2022, 10:00-11:30 EET

The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the Paris Agreement as “potentially the most important public health agreement of the century”. To realise this ambition, the delivery of the Paris goals must be assessed through a health lens, considering their potential to protect the lives, health and wellbeing of global populations, and deliver the immediate health co-benefits of climate action.

The Global Stocktake (GST) is a crucial process to enable this. Currently under development, the GST will assess collective progress towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and inform countries on updating and enhancing their climate action and international cooperation.

The event aims to highlight the importance of including health-specific metrics in the GST, and will present available evidence, data and findings that could feed into this process. It will bring together Parties, GST experts, the WHO, and the Lancet Countdown.

WHO will launch a technical brief “Review of IPCC Evidence 2022: Climate Change, Health, and Wellbeing”. This policy brief will summarize and unpack the state of evidence on health outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s sixth assessment report (AR6).

COP27 accredited media and participants welcome to join.

Speakers will include Ministers from Egypt, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO (virtually), Dr Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO, and Dr Vijay Rangarajan, FCDO Director-General.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Climate change, migration and health: Strengthening evidence to leave no one behind: 12 November 2022, 11:30-12:45 EET

The interaction between climate change, migration and health is complex and has been a growing area of concern globally; the urgency of the need to address these was highlighted at COP26. The WHO’s World Report on the Health of Refugees and Migrants outlines the risk multiplier effect of climate change, including directly through acute hazards, as well as indirectly through changes to climate, air pollution, and impacts on cultures and societies.

The event will create an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the need for increased community engagement, strengthened data collection, and a research agenda for evidence-based policymaking. The panel will discuss the existing barriers of vulnerable communities, refugees and migrants to accessing health services, aiming to identify the main challenges and opportunities for action in adaptation and mitigation efforts; sharing experiences, lessons learned, and good practices; and fostering multi-sectoral and intergovernmental collaborations and linkages between academia, civil society, policymakers and practitioners.

Speakers will include Dr Santino Severoni, Director, Health and Migration Programme, WHO, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, Dean, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences and Chair of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health and Dr. Maria Guevara, International Medical Secretary, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Integrating nutrition and food security in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs): 12 November 2022, 14:00-15:15 EET

This side event intends to raise awareness of the links between climate change, health and nutrition. It will discuss concrete solutions that target both climate change adaptation and mitigation, with a particular focus on integrating nutrition and food security in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

In addition, the event will present an overarching UN-Nutrition narrative, emerging from the several COP27 events, on the need to reduce food systems’ impact on the environment and protect the food security and nutrition of populations, leaving no one behind. Speakers from different constituencies (UN agencies, governments, academia), will present concrete examples and challenges of integrating nutrition in climate change mitigation and adaptation policies and strategies.

Speakers will include Stineke Oenema, UN-Nutrition Executive Secretary, Mario Herrero Acosta, Cornell University and Prof Ronit Endevelt, Ministry of Health, Israel.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

“Launch of the Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN)”: 12 November 2022, 14:00-16:00 EET

The bidirectional relationship between nutrition and climate change means that sustainable, resilient, and healthy diets are a critical link between nutrition and climate change, a prerequisite to good nutrition and a necessary condition for addressing all forms of malnutrition, as well as a driver of sustainable development.

The Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN) will be officially launched at the “Adaptation and Agriculture” thematic day during this session to leverage the current heightened global attention on food systems transformation. It will aim to deliver technical and high-level support from parties, UN agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to focus on win-win policies and actions that work to reduce climate change and improve nutrition, particularly for children and vulnerable groups.

Speakers will include: Dr Khaled AbdelGhaffar, H.E. Minister of Health, Egypt; Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO: Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director EMRO; Dr Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO; Dr Vijay Rangarajan, Director General, FCDO; Dr Yasmine Fouad, H.E. Minister of Environment, Egypt; Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health of Nigeria; Mariam Almheiri, Minister of climate change and environment of UAE; Assistant Undersecretary for the Sustainable Communities Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment – UAE – Eissa AlHashemy.

Location: COP Presidency Room 20, Blue Zone

Strengthening health and climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean region, with a specific focus on National Adaptation Plans: 12 November 2022, 15:30-16:30 EET

The Health National Adaptation Plans (HNAP) outlines actions to build climate‐resilient health and climate‐resilient health systems that can anticipate, absorb, and transform in a changing climate to protect population health while improving the management of other health threats. This session aims at encouraging countries to submit their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) with inclusion of health aspects, via facilitating their understanding of the HNAP process illustrated with success stories and lessons learned in the Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC).

In this session, participants will learn from Party and non‐Party stakeholders about their efforts to develop HNAPs. Specifically, this session will explore the challenges and opportunities regarding the design and implementation of strategies and the effective translation of those strategies into actions in LAC. A panel of Party and non‐Party participants will share experiences and lessons learned and discuss how countries can enhance efforts to protect population health through their NAPs.

Location: UNFCCC Pavilion, Blue Zone

Climate just solutions for emergent gender based violence and mental health crisis due to climate change: Monday 14 November 2022, 11:30-12:45

The links between climate change, gender-based violence & mental health are profound and deep.   There is no doubt that women’s health and well-being is being affected by climate change and extreme weather events; these impacts are compounded by existing structural socio-economic inequalities.

The focus of this event is a far reaching and deep conversation on justice, equity, human rights to decent quality of life.  It i) shares new breakthroughs in terms of providing new evidence of the increasing incidence of GBV and mental health of women and ii) encourages rich discussion in a panel of ‘potential solutions’ for the safety, protection and survival of women and girls experiencing the worst personal impacts and iii) gives guidance of types of support services that are required by women and girls.

COP27 accredited media and participants welcome to join.

Speakers: Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director The Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow, Caledonian University (Moderator and Scene Setting), High Level Key Note on the Plight and Power of Women and Girls and their Human Right to Quality of Life, Peter Gondwe Executive Director, Life Concern Organisation, Rumphi, Malawi, Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship, an International Social Purpose Organization supporting remote vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, African Academy of Sciences (TBC).

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Climate Clinics – A Healthy Prescription for a Green New Deal: 14 November 2022, 13:00-14:00 EET

Climate clinics take the form of a walk-in mock primary care-style ‘clinic’, delivering consultations to delegates. The clinics will engage and educate delegates and members of the public on the health impacts of the climate crisis and in a range of effective and health-promoting solutions rooted within a Global Green New Deal, such as many of those recommended in the Healthy Climate Prescription. To strengthen solidarity with the broader climate justice movement, the clinics will engage discussions on the work of individuals and how it relates to calls and actions from the wider movement.

COP27 accredited media and participants welcome to join.

Organized by Medact.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Climate change and women’s health: Monday 14 November, 14:00-15:15 EET

This side event will bring together the views from mothers, youth, and scientists to discuss the latest on science, policy, and activism related to climate change impacts on women’s health from a gender perspective and with a focus on maternal and newborn health. Country and group representatives will be invited to share their lived experiences confronting climate change challenges along with examples of work and promising health system interventions to protect maternal and newborn health in changing climate conditions. The event will also showcase opportunities for promoting women’s health as part of the implementation of the COP26 health commitments on climate resilient and low carbon sustainable health systems.  

Speakers: Her Excellency Rachel Ruto, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya; Dr Flavia Bustreo, Governance and Ethics Committee Chair, PMNCH and Co-Chair, Lancet Commission on Gender-Based Violence and Maltreatment of young people; Rosamund Kissi Debrah, The Ella Roberta Family Foundation; Thato Gabaitse, Our Kids Climate; Parents For Future Global; Dr Veronique Filippi, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Merette Khalil, Your Egyptian Doula; Caroline Muthoni, Enhancing Belmont Research Action to support EU policy making on climate change and health; Adelaide Lusambili, Aga Khan University, Kenya.

COP27 accredited media and participants welcome to join.

Location: Health Pavilion, Zone C, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone.

Towards green transformation – Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital: Monday 14 November 2022, 17:00–18:15 EET

The event will include an introduction to the current Egyptian healthcare system, Universal health insurance, Egypt Healthcare Authority (EHA), and the role it plays in the present health situation in Egypt. It will also include the measures EHA started taking to transform the current facilities into environmentally sustainable healthcare facilities resilient to climate change.

A case study of Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital will be presented as EHA first step towards green transformation.

Speakers: Dr. Ahmed El Sobky, Chairman of Egypt Healthcare Authority; Dr. Magdy Bakr, Advisor of EHA Chairman on Technical Affairs & WHO Health System Consultant, Dr. Nermeen Ashour, CEO Office Technical Manager of the project, Dr. Saber Osman – Chairman of Climate and Sustainable Development Foundation – EC4SDF

COP27 accredited media and participants welcome to join.

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