WHO/UNEP Inter-ministerial Conference to Address Climate Change Impacts on Health in Africa

First Inter-ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa 22 August 2008: The Inter-ministerial Conference for Health and Environment in Africa, which will take place from 26-29 August 2008 in

Libreville, Gabon, is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the

UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the host Government. The

Conference is scheduled to explore the evidence base for the bi-directional

links between health and environment, including the threat posed by climate

change to the health of communities in the region.

The event is based on the estimate

that 25% of the disease burden in Africa may be associated with environmental

changes, such as air pollution, unsafe water supplies, inadequate sanitation,

ecosystem degradation and climate change. The Conference aims to secure

political commitment for catalyzing the policy, institutional and investment

changes required to reduce environmental threats to health, in support of

sustainable development. [IISDRS

Coverage] [UNEP press release, 22 August 2008]