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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report [viewed]

Healthy Environment - Healthy People23 May 2016: Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, titled ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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WHO, UNISDR Call for Integrating Health in DRR [viewed]

unisdr-who11 March 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called on national disaster management agencies to include health emergencies in their preparedness and response plans alongside earthquakes, floods and storms. The call was made during the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, which brought together over 300 representatives from 54 governments, the health and disaster risk fields, and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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UN:CC Learn, UN-HABITAT, WHO Launch E-Learning Modules [viewed]

UN CC:LearnUN-HABITATWHO3 December 2015: UN CC:Learn, the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership, and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) launched an e-learning module on climate change and cities. In addition, UN:CC Learn and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly developed and launched a learning module on climate change and health.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Climate Resilience Initiative [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of an initiative to build the resilience of the world's most vulnerable populations against impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Led by the Ban in collaboration with 13 UN entities, the initiative will enhance vulnerable populations' capacities to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks and reshape development to reduce risks.

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WHO Calls for Strong Climate Agreement to Protect Health [viewed]

WHO17 November 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a statement urging countries to consider the impacts of climate change on human health during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, in order to reduce climate-related deaths and protect future generations' health. WHO has also released a first set of climate change and health country profiles to support negotiators in considering health issues during COP 21.

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WHO Launches Framework for Building Climate Resilient Health Systems [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)October 2015: With increasing evidence of health risks associated with climate change, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a publication, titled ‘Operational framework for building climate resilient health systems.' The framework, geared towards public health professionals and health managers, is also meant to support decision-makers and development agencies working in the areas of nutrition, water and sanitation, and emergency management, public health, health system strengthening and climate change adaptation.

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WHO Report: Reduce SLCPs to Protect Health [viewed]

WHO22 October 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report for policymakers on reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as black carbon, ozone, methane and carbon dioxide (CO2), which it says contribute to climate change and lead to more than seven million deaths linked to air pollution every year. Titled ‘Reducing global health risks through mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants,' the report recommends immediate actions by which countries, health and environment ministries, and cities can reduce emissions, protect health and avoid illness and premature deaths.

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WHO Calls for Action to Protect Health from Climate Change [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)7 October 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a call to action to raise awareness regarding the health opportunities that can be realized by tackling climate change. The call to action will be presented at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC that will take place in Paris, France, in November-December 2015.

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