Climate and Health

We, on the occasion of the first Health Day at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), express our grave concern about the negative impacts of climate change on health. We stress the importance of addressing the interactions between climate change and human health and wellbeing in the context of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, as the primary international, intergovernmental fora for the global response to climate change.

We recognize the urgency of taking action on climate change, and note the benefits for health from deep, rapid, and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, including from just transitions, lower air pollution, active mobility, and shifts to sustainable healthy diets.

In this year of the first Global Stocktake, and given the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, which strained all health systems and further widened inequities and vulnerabilities within and among countries, regions and populations, we are committed to the advancement of climate-resilient development, the strengthening of health systems, and the building of resilient and thriving communities, for the benefit of present and future generations.

In order to work towards ensuring better health outcomes, including through the transformation of health systems to be climate-resilient, low-carbon, sustainable and equitable, and to better prepare communities and the most vulnerable populations for the impacts of climate change, we commit to pursuing the following common objectives:

  • Strengthening the development and implementation of policies that maximize the health gains from mitigation and adaptation actions and prevent worsening health impacts from climate change, including through close partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, local communities, women and girls, children and youth, healthcare workers and practitioners, persons with disabilities and the populations most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, among others.
  • Facilitating collaboration on human, animal, environment and climate health challenges, such as by implementing a One Health approach; addressing the environmental determinants of health; strengthening research on the linkages between environmental and climatic factors and antimicrobial resistance; and intensifying efforts for the early detection of zoonotic spill-overs as an effective means of pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
  • Recognizing that healthy populations contribute to, and are an effect of, climate resilience and an outcome of successful adaptation across a range of sectors - including food and agriculture, water and sanitation, housing, urban planning, health care, transport and energy - by prioritizing and implementing adaptation actions across sectors that deliver positive health outcomes.
  • Improving the ability of health systems to anticipate, and implement adaptation interventions against, climate-sensitive disease and health risks, including by bolstering climate-health information services, surveillance, early warning and response systems and a climate-ready health workforce.
  • Promoting a comprehensive response to address the impacts of climate change on health, including, for example, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, loss of traditional medicinal knowledge, loss of livelihoods and culture, and climate-induced displacement and migration.
  • Combating inequalities within and among countries, and pursuing policies that work towards accelerating achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG3; reduce poverty and hunger; improve health and livelihoods; strengthen social protection systems, food security and improved nutrition, access to clean sources of energy, safe drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene for all; and work to achieve universal health coverage.
  • Promoting steps to curb emissions and reduce waste in the health sector, such as by assessing the greenhouse gas emissions of health systems, and developing action plans, nationally determined decarbonization targets, and procurement standards for national health systems, including supply chains.
  • Strengthening trans- and inter-disciplinary research, cross-sectoral collaboration, sharing of best practices, and monitoring of progress at the climate-health nexus, including through initiatives such as the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH).

Recognizing that health actors face challenges in accessing finance for health and climate change activities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, we underscore the need to better leverage synergies at the intersection of climate change and health to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of finance flows.

  • Encouraging the scaling up of investments in climate and health from domestic budgets, multilateral development banks, multilateral climate funds, health financing institutions, philanthropies, bilateral development agencies, and private sector actors.
  • Encouraging international finance providers, including development banks, to strengthen the synergies between their climate and health portfolios, and enhance their support for country-led projects and programs in the health-climate nexus.
  • Sharing learnings and best practices on financing and implementing climate-health interventions, and develop a common understanding of existing needs for climate-health finance, grounded in country priorities and needs. We welcome ongoing efforts in this regard, including by the COP28 presidency, the ATACH finance working group, and the joint Development Bank working group for climate-health financing.
  • Improving monitoring, transparency and evaluation efforts of climate finance, as relevant, including for climate-health initiatives, in order to strengthen common understanding of its efficiency and effectiveness, and to maximize the delivery of positive health outcomes.


To achieve these aims - according to our national circumstances - we commit to pursuing the better integration of health considerations into our climate policy processes, and of climate considerations across our health policy agendas, including by:

  • Incorporating health considerations in the context of relevant Paris Agreement and UNFCCC processes, with a view to minimizing adverse effects on public health, and mainstreaming climate considerations in global health work programs, including those of the World Health Organization, where relevant and appropriate.
  • Taking health into account, as appropriate, in designing the next round of nationally determined contributions, long term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications.


We commit to convene regularly with diverse line-ministries and stakeholders to foster synergies and strengthen national and multilateral collaboration on climate change and health, including through the ATACH initiative. We will review our collective progress at future UN Climate Change Conferences, World Health Assemblies, and other global convenings.

Signatures:

1. Albania
2. Andorra
3. Angola
4. Antigua and Barbuda
5. Argentina
6. Armenia
7. Australia
8. Austria
9. Azerbaijan
10. Bahamas
11. Bangladesh
12. Barbados
13. Belgium
14. Bhutan
15. Brazil
16. Brunei Darussalam
17. Bulgaria
18. Burkina Faso
19. Burundi
20. Cabo Verde
21. Cambodia
22. Canada
23. Chad
24. Chile
25. China
26. Colombia
27. Comoros
28. Cook Islands
29. Costa Rica
30. Cote d'Ivoire
31. Croatia
32. Cuba
33. Cyprus
34. Czechia
35. Denmark
36. Ecuador
37. Egypt
38. El Salvador
39. Equatorial Guinea
40. Estonia
41. Ethiopia
42. European Union
43. Fiji
44. Finland
45. France
46. Gabon
47. Gambia
48. Germany
49. Ghana
50. Greece
51. Guatemala
52. Guinea
53. Hungary
54. Iceland
55. Indonesia
56. Iran
57. Iraq
58. Ireland
59. Israel
60. Italy
61. Jamaica
62. Japan
63. Jordan
64. Kazakhstan
65. Kenya
66. Kiribati
67. Kuwait
68. Kyrgyzstan
69. Lao People's Democratic Republic
70. Latvia
71. Lebanon
72. Lesotho
73. Liberia
74. Lithuania
75. Luxembourg
76. Malawi
77. Malaysia
78. Maldives
79. Mali
80. Malta
81. Mauritania
82. Mauritius
83. Mexico
84. Micronesia
85. Monaco
86. Mongolia
87. Montenegro
88. Morocco
89. Mozambique
90. Myanmar
91. Nauru
92. Nepal
93. Netherlands
94. New Zealand
95. Nicaragua
96. Nigeria
97. Niue
98. Norway
99. Oman
100. Pakistan
101. Palau
102 Panama
103. Papua New Guinea
104. Paraguay
105. Peru
106. Philippines
107. Poland
108. Portugal
109. Qatar
110. Republic of Korea
111. Republic of Moldova
112. Republic of North Macedonia
113. Romania
114. Rwanda
115. Saint Kitts and Nevis
116. Samoa
117. San Marino
118. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
119. Sao Tome and Principe
120. Senegal
121. Serbia
122. Seychelles
123. Sierra Leone
124. Slovakia
125. Slovenia
126. Somalia
127. South Sudan
128. Spain
129. Sweden
130. Switzerland
131. Syrian Arab Republic
132. Tajikistan
133. Tunisia
134. Türkiye
135. Turkmenistan
136. Tuvalu
137. Uganda
138. Ukraine
139. United Arab Emirates
140. United Kingdom
141. United Republic of Tanzania
142. United States of America
143. Uruguay
144. Vanuatu
145. Venezuela
146. Vietnam
147. Yemen
148. Zambia
149. Zimbabwe

 

CLIMATE AND HEALTH DECLARATION

COP28 UAE DECLARATIONS

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEMS, AND CLIMATE ACTION
COALITION FOR HIGH AMBITION MULTILEVEL PARTNERSHIPS (CHAMP) FOR CLIMATE ACTION
CLIMATE, RELIEF, RECOVERY AND PEACE
CLIMATE FINANCE FRAMEWORK
GLOBAL COOLING PLEDGE FOR COP28
GENDER-RESPONSIVE JUST TRANSITIONS AND CLIMATE ACTION PARTNERSHIP
GLOBAL RENEWABLES AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PLEDGE
COP28 DECLARATION OF INTENT