Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

The World Health Organization and the United Kingdom government have launched a new health and climate change platform to support countries’ efforts to implement commitments they made at last year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to achieve resilient and low carbon, sustainable health systems.

The Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate Change and Health (ATACH), which holds its inaugural meeting today will act as a platform to bring together government institutions that have signed on to the COP26 Health Programme and relevant partner organizations to coordinate efforts, exchange knowledge and best practices, build networks and access to technical and financial support, link up existing initiatives, tackle common challenges, and monitor global progress.

Currently, 60 countries have formally committed, at Minister of Health level, to at least one of the initiatives on climate resilient and low carbon sustainable health systems promoted under the COP26 Health Programme.

“This new alliance is intended to sustain the momentum and advance action on climate change and health at country level, to help countries bridge the gap between commitments and implementation as a first priority,” said Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health. “Resilient healthcare systems are absolutely crucial to successful adaptation to climate change in any scenario, while also playing an essential role in low-carbon sustainable development and greening supply chains. The health sector is ready to lead by example”