Health groups denounced the summit’s failure to commit to a full phase out of fossil fuels, a critically urgent step towards protecting people’s health, and criticized the failure to commit to strong targets for adaptation to build resilient systems capable of protecting vulnerable people.
As the COP28 climate negotiations roll into their final days, the Global Climate and Health Alliance today warned negotiators that some of the pathways available in the current COP28 texts will prove detrimental to human health.
“Including targets for health actions and outcomes in the Global Goal on Adaptation during COP28 would mean that low- and middle-income countries are best equipped to adapt to a changing climate, and lets us measure whether their health systems are ready to withstand the impacts they are facing.”
Health NGO Responds to Canada’s Emission Cap Announcement – “True measure of our progress is in lives saved”
Statement regarding the Emissions Cap announcement from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) delivered alongside Honourable Minister Steven Guilbeault during press scrum by Dr. Courtney Howard, Emergency Physician, Yellowknife, Vice-Chair, Global Climate and Health Alliance and a past president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the environment.
“For COP28 to go down in history as the first ‘Health COP’, it will be necessary for governments to sustain this focus on health throughout the negotiations, and to take real action to protect people’s health – including the phase-out of fossil fuels, additional finance to address the impacts of climate change, and making health a fundamental measure of our progress and success on climate action.”
COP28 World Climate Action Summit: Health Worker Video Message Challenges World Leaders to “Make COP28 Count”
At the World Climate Action Summit at COP28, world leaders were called upon to “make COP28 count” during the screening of a provocative video featuring testimonies and rallying calls from 25 health workers from around the world, who have borne witness to climate-related health impacts on their patients.
As health ministers gather in Dubai for COP28, the Global Climate and Health Alliance – which represents 160 health organisations – today urged them to join the health community in demanding that the health and wellbeing of people around the world is established as a central focus and benchmark for progress during the annual climate negotiations.
A letter published today on behalf of the international health and medical community, addressed to COP 28 President-Designate Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber …
The Climate and Us – produced for the Global Climate and Health Alliance by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions – BBC Studios’ commercial content studio- investigates how the climate crisis is affecting human health. The series tells the story of how people working at the nexus of climate and health, and beyond, are working on solutions.
New scorecard shows how the world’s biggest carbon-emitting economies are failing their citizens by not integrating air quality into national climate plans, while countries suffering the worst impacts of air pollution are taking the most action
NYC Climate Week: Health Professionals Demand Fossil Fuel Phase Out Ahead UN Climate Ambition Summit
Health professionals from around the world are calling on governments to commit to an accelerated, just and equitable phase-out of fossil fuels as a decisive path to health for all ahead of this week’s Climate Ambition Summit on September 20.
Making deep cuts to global methane emissions could deliver substantial health benefits while also limiting global warming to 1.5C or close to it, according to a series of reports published today by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA)
“There is no time to lose – the realisation that such unprecedented global heating is threatening the lives and livelihoods of people around the world should jerk governments out of their business-as-usual reveries – and the only sane way to respond to this climate crisis is by tackling the root cause – phasing out fossil fuels, and delivering a just transition to renewable energy for all.”
“The time is now for governments to ensure COP28 must go much further than simply the idea of a ‘Health COP’ and takes the action needed to protect the lives of people worldwide by taking us out of the fossil fuel era.”
Healthy NDC Scorecard: As ‘Health COP’ Approaches, Analysis Shows Big Emitting Nations Doing Too Little to Protect Health from Climate Change
Low- and middle income countries lead the way when it comes to inclusion of health goals in their climate commitments, while more wealthy, industrialised nations – responsible for the majority of historical global greenhouse gas emissions – lack long term vision, according to analysis published today by the Global Climate and Health Alliance.