2018 Global Climate and Health Summit

Attendees at the Global Climate and Health Summit, Katowice 2018

Photo: GCHA

2018 Global Climate and Health Summit

Katowice, Poland

On 8th December, 2018 the World Health Organization, together with the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the European Committee of the Regions, and the Pro Silesia Association, will host a half-day Summit on climate change and health, alongside the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Katowice.

The annual Health Summit serves as a key anchoring event for advancing health-focused action, engagement and collaboration to address climate change. The Summit will also further the Call to Action on Climate and Health which outlines a set of ten priority policy actions for health leadership to advance ambitious progress towards climate and health goals. Read and join the Call to Action.

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Date: Saturday, 8 December 2018

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, reception to follow 5:00-6:00

Place: University of Silesia Rectorate, Bankowa 12 Street, Katowice

Registration required, deadline Wednesday 5th DecemberCOP24 Health Summit Registration

Languages: English and Polish translation

The Summit will be part of a COP24 Day of Climate and Health at the University of Silesia venue, with a morning program mounted by the Health and Environment Alliance.

In the morning, health representatives from Poland and across the world will debate Climate change and health – which role for the health sector in Poland?

The health threats of climate change are increasingly being discussed, especially following the extreme weather events this summer, with heatwaves in Poland and all over Europe. As many experts warn, climate change is the biggest threat to health of the 21st century. At the same time, tackling climate change can also bring huge boosts to health. Doctors and the health sector have a unique role to play, not only in making sure that health services are prepared to respond to the health impacts, but also in providing leadership for which measures to prioritize that will be a win-win for our health and the climate.

The morning conference is organised by HEAL, in collaboration with the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), Pro Silesia Association and the Polish Climate Coalition.

Agenda: Climate & Health in Poland Agenda

Registration required, deadline Wednesday 5th December: Climate & Health in Poland registration

Climate and Health Summit Hosts:

  • World Health Organization
  • Global Climate and Health Alliance
  • European Committee of the Regions
  • Pro Silesia Association

Organizing Partners: 

  • ISBEM (Euro Mediterranean Scientific Biomedical Institute)
  • Health and Environment Alliance


  • Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
  • Climate and Health Alliance (Australia)
  • Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland
  • Health Care Without Harm
  • International Federation of Environmental Health
  • International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
  • National Environmental Health Association (USA)
  • Regional Institute for Health, Medicine and Research (India)
  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • UK Health Alliance on Climate Change