Launch of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group at WHA72

Members of civil society speaking to decision makers.

Photo: Arthur Wyns

Collaborating to Drive Progress on Climate Change and Health

Geneva, Switzerland

May 24, 2019


On Friday 24th May the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the World Health Organization will launch the WHO Civil Society Working Group to Advance Action on Climate Change and Health.  Aimed at strengthening WHO-NGO collaboration to drive progress on addressing climate change to protect and promote health, the Working Group will be launched alongside the 72nd World Health Assembly at this Side Event, co-hosted with the Alliance for Health Promotion.

Event: WHA72 Side Event: Collaborating to Drive Action on Climate Change and Health

Date: Friday, 24 May 2019

Time: 6:00-6:50 pm, reception to follow

Place: Palais Nations, Room IX

Side Event flyer

The Working Group will foster a strong and sustained health voice, informing decision-making on climate change nationally and internationally, and driving urgent action on climate change. Key goals are greater engagement of health civil society organizations; strategic communications with coordination between health civil society and WHO; and advice to the WHO on areas in which additional WHO evidence-based guidance would help inform health civil society action on climate change and health.

Year One Members:

  • Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva
  • Alliance for Health Promotion
  • Climate and Health Alliance (Australia)
  • Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
  • Health Care Without Harm
  • Health and Environment Alliance
  • INDEPTH Network
  • International Council of Nurses
  • International Federation of Environmental Health
  • International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Public Health Foundation of India
  • World Medical Association

The Side Event is open to the public. If you are not registered for the World Health Assembly and require a one-day pass from WHO to attend the event please contact [email protected]