Health

WHO, UNDP Launch Adaptation Project [viewed]

12 March 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the first global project on public health adaptation to climate change. The project involves a series of pilot projects that will seek to increase the adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practitioners, to respond to health risks associated with climate variability and change.

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European Environment Agency's Third Message for the International Year of Biodiversity Highlights Links with Climate Change [viewed]

9 March 2010:The European Environment Agency has published the third biodiversity message in its series of ‘10 messages for 2010,' which focuses on freshwater ecosystems, and highlights links with climate change.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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European Commission Scientific Newsletter Focuses on Climate and Health [viewed]

11 February 2010: The most recent issue of Science for Environment Policy, the newsletter published by the European Commission to inform policy makers of recent research findings, includes several pieces on climate change and a special thematic issue on climate change and health.

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WHO Publishes Draft Discussion Paper on Gender, Climate Change and Health [viewed]

February 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a draft discussion paper titled “Gender, climate change and health.”

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Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for the UNECE Region Convenes for the First Time [viewed]

8 February 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Weekly newsletter, for the period 8-12 February 2010, reports on the first meeting of the Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for the UNECE region, which convened on 5 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Recommendations from UNESCO's IYB Science Policy Conference Highlight the Climate-Stabilization Function of Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published the statement and recommendations from the UNESCO International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) Science Policy Conference, which took place in Paris, France, from 25-29 January 2010. The Statement recognizes that biodiversity provides critical goods and services on which our lives depend, including the stabilization of climate.

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WHO and UNDP Partner on GEF-funded Project on Health Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

December 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved US$4.5 million funding for a joint global project by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on "piloting health adaptation to climate change."

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WHO to Celebrate World Health Day by Focusing on Urbanization and Health [viewed]

28 January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) will celebrate World Health Day on 7 April 2010, focusing on urbanization and health.

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Event: World Health Day [viewed]

The World Health Organization (WHO) will celebrate World Health Day on 7 April 2010, focusing on urbanization and health. Among the key messages related to the Day, it is noted that road transportation has significant effects on human health because of greenhouse gas emissions resulting in climate change. During World Health Day, cities across the globe will open public spaces for cycling and walking, outdoor concerts, health forums or clean-up campaigns.  

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