Climate change is the greatest threat to health of this century. It is impacting health in every country today and is projected to reverse half a century of progress on global health. Global action is urgent and must be accelerated to avoid potentially catastrophic levels of global warming.
The health sector has a vital role to play – as an important voice advocating for climate action and as a key sector that must reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change poses a major threat to health, and health systems and professionals are on the front lines dealing with the human impacts of climate change now. Climate solutions can offer significant opportunities to address major health challenges, from global health inequities to the non-communicable disease epidemic.
Integrating health sector perspectives in climate policy at all levels of government, and the health voice in the public climate debate, is essential. A fully mobilized health sector will be a powerful force for climate action.
The Forum will build the capacity of the global health response to climate change by strengthening collaboration across all health sector stakeholders, raising the health voice for climate action, and mobilizing health sector commitments to climate change solutions.
The Forum is an affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit.
The Forum is organized by
The Global Health Group at the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences is an ‘action tank,’ dedicated to translating bold new ideas in global health into large-scale action to impact the lives of millions of people. The GHG conducts original research, supports translation of evidence into new policy, convenes high-level stakeholders to build consensus on improved strategies and higher ambition, and works with funders to achieve measurable impact. The Global Health Group works with a wide network of partners to catalyze action for malaria eradication, universal health coverage, and climate and health.
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is an international nongovernmental organization that works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. With more than 1,000 institutional members in 53 countries representing the interests of over 32,000 hospitals and health centers, HCWH is leading the global movement for health care climate action.
The US Climate and Health Alliance (USCHA) is a national network of health and public health organizations and professionals dedicated to addressing the threats of climate change to health. We work to amplify the health voice to advance climate solutions that benefit health and equity at all levels of governance, from local, to state, to national.
The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) is a membership-based international organization at the forefront of a growing global movement of health professionals dedicated to reducing the health impacts of climate change, and ensuring that the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation are maximized. Alliance members include international and regional health NGOs, medical societies and health professional organizations, and climate and health alliances from around the world. The Alliance has a well-established relationship with the World Health Organization. Its members have worked together on global climate and health initiatives since 2008, offering influential health voices to national and international debates on climate change and development.
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