#Healthy NDCs

Why do Nationally Determined Contributions matter in 2021?

Why do healthy national climate commitments matter in 2021?

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the connection between environmental degradation, including climate change, and health. The same communities worst affected by Covid-19 are also most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, and these parallel threats continue to exacerbate existing inequalities. Recovery from the pandemic coincides with preparations for COP26, to be held in Glasgow, UK, in November 2021. We need urgent action to tackle the common causes and shared impacts across health, climate, economies and equity.

This scorecard ranks Counties alongside each other, rating the extent to which governments have integrated health into their NDCs, and whether their climate action targets are ambitious enough to protect people’s health.

Press enquiries to Dave Walsh: Press@climateandhealthalliance.org

What makes a Healthy NDC?

The Global Climate and Health Alliance is calling on governments to ensure that national climate action commitments include: 

  • Ambitious commitments for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, aligned with Paris Agreement target of 1.5C;
  • Measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that mitigate climate change and also maximise health co-benefits.  Many interventions that reduce emissions in the energy, food and agriculture, and transport sectors also improve air quality, increase physical activity, and support healthier diets;
  • Calculation of the associated health costs savings, with health impact assessments that demonstrate these health and economic gains; 
  • Adaptation strategies which incorporate health and commit investments to build climate smart and resilient healthcare and public health systems;
  • Within and beyond NDCs, Covid-19 recovery investments must align with healthy national climate action/commitments, to protect people, the planet and economies, securing a healthy and sustainable future.
“Achieving net zero emissions is the most important global health intervention now and for decades to come

Margaret Chan, Former Director General, World Health Organization, 2021

How you can take action

We hope very much that health professionals and civil society organizations will be able to support the push for Healthy NDCs and join a much wider community taking action on this crucial issue. GCHA will provide materials for communications and advocacy, and welcomes partnership to ensure the effort has an impact at national level. Here’s how to get involved:

 

More information on healthy NDCs

If you would like to find out more about a green and healthy recovery from the pandemic, and about healthy NDCs, we highly recommend the resources below: