Germany: The COP28 Presidency has unveiled the ‘COP28 Declaration on Climate and Health’ at the World Health Summit in Berlin. They urged governments globally to support this declaration.
The Declaration covers a range of areas, including cross-sector collaboration on climate and health, reducing emissions within the health sector, and increasing the amount and proportion of climate financing devoted to health.
“The link between climate change and health is becoming increasingly evident every day, with diseases like malaria surging as temperatures rise, and extreme weather events impacting people around the globe,” stated COP28 President Dr. Sultan Al Jaber.
“The international community must act now to put health at the center of climate action before we see global health systems overwhelmed. Through the Declaration on Climate and Health we aim to help deliver public health systems that are climate-resilient, sustainable and equitable, and we urge all nations to endorse it,” Dr. Al Jaber added.
The Declaration was developed along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and with the support of a number of ‘country champions,’ including Brazil, Malawi, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Kenya, Fiji, India, Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Germany. Kenya, Fiji, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Malawi were also announced as “early endorsers” of the Declaration.
The World Health Summit was held under the theme “A Defining Year for Global Health Action,” bringing together stakeholders from politics, science, the private sector, and civil society to set the global health agenda.