World Health Assembly Agrees to Climate Change and Health Action Plan

© WHO22 May 2009: The 62nd World Health Assembly met from 18-22 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

At the meeting, member States unanimously agreed to the resolution and workplan for scaling up the World Health Organization's (WHO) technical assistance to countries for assessing and addressing the implications of climate change for health and health systems.

The workplan aims to support health systems in all countries, identify strategies and actions to protect human health, and share knowledge and good practice. It is organized around four objectives, namely: advocacy and awareness raising; engagement in partnerships with other UN organizations and sectors other than the health sector at all levels to ensure that health protection and promotion are central to climate change adaptation and mitigation policies; promoting and supporting the generation of

scientific evidence; and strengthening health systems to cope with the health threat posed by climate change, including emergencies related to extreme weather events and sea-level rise. [World Health Assembly Press Release]