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

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

The draft discussion paper offers available information on the differential links between climate change and the health of women and men through the perspectives of direct and indirect health consequences, and the possible interaction of biological and social risk factors in determining these impacts. The paper aims to provide a framework for gendered health risk assessment and adaptation/mitigation actions in relation to climate change. Such a framework is intended to strengthen WHO support to member States in developing standardized country-level health risk assessments and climate policy interventions that are beneficial to both women and men.

The draft discussion paper addresses: health impacts; social and human consequences of climate change, including migration and displacement, shifts in farming and land use, and increased livelihood, household and caring burdens; responses to climate change; and gaps in understanding and urgent needs to be addressed. [WHO Announcement] [The Draft Discussion Paper]