C. Climate change and health (resolutions WHA61.19 and EB124.R5)

All progress reports are included in Document A64/26.

This item follows up WHA61.19 and EB124.R5

WHA Watch comments

The climate change in the next few decades will become the biggest global threat for life and wellbeing of the humankind and therefore the priority into the global public health agenda. The effect of climate change will have a negative impact especially to the health of the most vulnerable, those who are less responsible of greenhouse gas emission and less capable to adapt to its effects.

Aiming to protect the health of people, a powerful voice to strongly support an equal global strategy is urged. WHO should not limit its role to technically interventions in advocating, creating knowledge and building capacity with respect to adaptation. It should use knowledge and scientific evidence, to actively advocate for mitigation measures.

WHO should not be fearful in indicating that the current situation has been caused by a system of development based on overconsumption and rapid depletion of natural resources. We ask WHO to be example of a different model, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions in all its projects and activities and creating a code of conduct and good practices in mitigation measures.

Starting from the acceptance of the historical role played by developed countries in generating more than the 80% of the greenhouse gas emission, we ask the WHO to support technology transfer and the financing for clean and sustainable development of the countries of the South.