Healthy air, healthy planet, healthy people: securing a fossil-free future for all

31st May, 16:00-17:15 CEST

On 2 and 3 June 2022, governments will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”. This high-level meeting will follow months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organizations and governments around the world.

Together with the NCD Alliance, GCHA is hosting an event focussed on health as a driver for fossil fuel phase out. At present, national climate commitments place the world on track for approximately 2.7C of warming by the end of the century, with catastrophic implications for human and planetary health, and necessitating immediate action. Phase-out of fossil fuels across sectors will not only reduce these health impacts, to which people living with NCDs are especially vulnerable, but also offers health co-benefits, most notably on account of improvements in air quality. Nevertheless, the urgent transition from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives must be carefully managed to protect the health, livelihoods, and wellbeing of vulnerable populations and to avoid exacerbating existing inequalities and environmental degradation.

Confirmed speakers (final panel to be announced):

  • Chair: Paula Johns, Diretora Executiva, ACT Promoção da Saúde
  • Keynote speaker: Dr Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Dr Jeni Miller, Executive Director, Global Climate and Health Alliance
  • Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Alejandro Daly, Director, El Derecho a No Obedecer
  • Professor Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India
  • Dr Sarah Thomsen, Lead Policy Specialist Health and SRHR, Sida