As the COP27 Climate Summit ground to a close today in Egypt, health professionals and NGOs welcomed the inclusion of a Loss and Damage fund in the meeting’s final text, but slammed the stalled progress on fossil fuel phase-out.
“With people’s lives and humanity’s future at stake, governments at COP27 have a moral duty to stay at the table until they reach a robust agreement on establishment of loss and damage finance, that answers the needs of people around the world already being impacted by climate change”.
“As the hours tick by, there is still time for wealthy nations at COP27 to agree to the long-overdue Loss and Damage finance – indeed, without agreement, all other aspects of the negotiations may crumble”
“During COP27 and in the months to come, negotiators must integrate health metrics into the Global Stocktake and the Global Goal on Adaptation as a fundamental component for assessing global progress on how the Paris Agreement is being delivered”
“A two-year delay to assess whether or not to create a dedicated Loss and Damage fund would be utterly unacceptable, given the urgency of the climate crisis, and the delays that lower income countries have already had to endure in receiving funds to combat climate impacts”.
As the COP27 Climate Summit’s ‘Decarbonisation Day’ closes in Egypt, the Global Climate and Health Alliance denounced the fossil fuel industry’s push for greater oil and gas development, and reiterated the worldwide health community’s demand for a rapid and just phase out of all fossil fuels.
As the COP27 Climate Summit opens this week in Egypt, the Global Climate and Health Alliance calls on governments to protect the health of people worldwide by developing a clear plan for delivering finance to lower income countries…
“This year’s Lancet Countdown makes clear that fossil fuels are incompatible with a healthy future. To prevent catastrophic global warming and the ensuing devastation that will be wreaked upon people around the world, governments must commit to fully phasing out fossil fuels at COP27, while high income countries must provide developing countries with the necessary financial and technical support for providing equitable access to the clean energy their people need.”
Governments can achieve a clean energy future for thriving healthy societies by effectively implementing a just energy transition, according to a briefing published by the Health and Climate Network.
International Health Organizations Call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty To Protect Lives Of Current and Future Generations
More than 1000 health professionals and 200 health organizations from around the world have today called on governments to urgently develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to end global dependence on fossil fuels, in order to protect the health of people around the world.
Health at Bonn Climate Conference: Unconscionable Failure of Developed Countries To Address Loss and Damage
As the Bonn Climate Change Conference closed this week, the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) described as “unconscionable” the failure by governments to progress towards financing for loss and damage – support to deal with the harms experienced by low income countries due to climate change impacts – and called on developed countries to ensure that the issue be put front and centre of COP27 negotiations.
Ahead of next week’s Bonn Climate Change Conference, the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) and partners are calling on world governments to set ambitious climate policies to ensure a planet that can provide for the health and prosperity for all, as November’s COP27 in Egypt approaches.
Webinar: Code Red for the health response in Latin America and the Caribbean: enhancing people’s health through climate action
Following publication of an article in Lancet Regional Health – Americas by representatives of organizations that make up the Climate and Health Network of Latin America and the Caribbean, a webinar will present the articles’s message, “Code Red for the health response in Latin America and the Caribbean: improving people’s health through climate action”.
“By putting health and equity at the centre of climate policy making, governments can deliver policies that garner widespread support and maximise returns on investment. Policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions can also deliver cleaner air and water, healthier diets, more livable cities, and transportation systems designed to benefit the health and wellbeing of people.”
“The report drives home that governments must both take action to adapt our countries to the impacts we are already facing, and must also aggressively slash emissions in order to protect the lives and health of everyone on this planet”.