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Climate Service Adaptation Programme in Africa Launches in Tanzania and Malawi [viewed]

gfcsFebruary 2014: Tanzania and Malawi convened “kick-off” meetings to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa, which aims to increase resilience in disaster risk management (DRM), food security, nutrition and health, building on existing climate services in these areas at the national, local and regional levels.

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Event: WHO Conference on Health and Climate [viewed]

This three-day conference, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring together leading experts in the fields of health and climate change, to discuss: strengthening health system resilience to climate risks; and promoting health while mitigating climate change. Within each of these themes the conference will make recommendations on policy options to maximize health benefits, and the specific contribution of the health sector to the objectives.  

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WHO Guidance on Health Adaptation Planning Released [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)19 November 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a document on guidance to protect health from climate change through health adaptation planning to support the integration of health adaptation planning in national adaptation plans (NAPs).

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Event: Climate and Health Summit 2013 [viewed]

The Climate and Health Summit will convene in parallel with the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Summit aims to coordinate action across all sectors to protect human health from the impacts of climate change, and will develop a roadmap for the international health community to work towards in the run up to the 2015 climate conference in Paris. The Summit is organized by the Global Climate and Health Alliance in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The Alliance, which consists of health organizations from around the world, was formed in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, during UNFCCC COP 17, to tackle climate change and to protect and promote public health.  

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Kiribati Receives Support to Address Climate-sensitive Health Risks [viewed]

GCCA27 June 2013: Kiribati will receive €0.5 million through the EU-funded Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) project to improve environmental health surveillance and response to climate-sensitive health risks.

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WHO Launches Tool to Estimate Health and Adaptation Costs [viewed]

WHO6 June 2013: The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO-ROE) has developed a tool for economic analysis of the health-related costs of climate change, the costs of adaptation measures, and the return of adaptation measures in terms of averted health costs.

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World Health Assembly Calls for New Workplan on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

WHO28 May 2013: The 66th meeting of the World Health Assembly adopted 24 resolutions and five decisions, including a resolution on health and climate change. Delegates considered the impacts of increasing risks of weather-related extremes on both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Sets Priorities for 2013 [viewed]

7 April 2013: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) held a Working Group meeting to set its priority areas, goals and key milestones for 2013, including actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), which have been identified as one of the greatest hazards to human health.

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Guest Article #91: Mainstreaming Gender in Health Adaptation to Climate Change Programmes [viewed]

According to WHO estimates, climate change that has occurred since the 1970s already causes over 140,000 deaths per year[i]. When measuring the health impacts caused by climate change, one need to understand how the main environmental determinants of health (i.e. air, water, food and shelter) are affected by climate change. 

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WHO Workshop Discusses Adaptation to Health Impacts of Climate Change in Southern and Eastern Africa [viewed]

WHO19 December 2012: The first inter-country workshop for the preparations of national plans of action for public health adaptation to climate change in Southern and Eastern Africa discussed identification of public health risks of climate change, implementation of adaptation plans and strategies and interventions to mitigate the health impacts of climate change.

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