DUBAI / COP28 CLIMATE HEALTH

03-Dec-2023 00:02:21
At the first ever ‘Health Day’ at a UN climate conference, the World Health Organization Chief said, “Undoubtedly, health stands as the most compelling reason for taking climate action.” UNIFEED
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STORY: DUBAI / COP28 CLIMATE HEALTH
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DATELINE: 01-03 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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03 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

1. Wide shot, COP28 venue
2. Wide shot, WHO Director-General walking to podium, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Although the climate crisis is a health crisis, it's well overdue. That's 27 cops have been and gone without a serious discussion of health. Undoubtedly, health stands as the most compelling reason for taking climate action.”
4. Med shot, participants
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The threats to health resulting from climate change are immediate and present. However, for too long, health has been a footnote of climate discussion. No more.”
6. Med shot, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Changing weather patterns driven by human activity and the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to record numbers of cholera outbreaks, and our warming planet is expanding the range of mosquitoes which carry dangerous pathogens like dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and yellow fever into places that have never dealt with them before.”
8. Wide shot, Tedros at podium
9. Med shot, COP28 sign

01 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Elena Villalobos, Technical Officer, Climate and Health Team, World Health Organization (WHO) / Secretariat Lead, Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH).
“What we are trying to do is to leverage the collective power of all the partners already working on climate change and health, plus all the member states, and basically come together, share experiences, support them in accessing finance. We already have a full package of interventions of technical support that is available to countries, but what they really are lacking now is capacity in terms of technical capacity and access to those tools, but also concrete access to the financial resources that will allow to do the investments that they need to do at the country level.”
11. Wide shot, COP28 venue
STORYLINE
At the first ever ‘Health Day’ at a UN climate conference, the World Health Organization (WHO) Chief said, “Undoubtedly, health stands as the most compelling reason for taking climate action.”

COP28, WHO, and other main partners organized the first-ever Health Day and climate-health ministerial today (3 Dec) in Dubai.

Tedros said, “Although the climate crisis is a health crisis, it's well overdue. That's 27 cops have been and gone without a serious discussion of health. Undoubtedly, health stands as the most compelling reason for taking climate action.”

He also said, “The threats to health resulting from climate change are immediate and present. However, for too long, health has been a footnote of climate discussion. No more.”

He explained, “Changing weather patterns driven by human activity and the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to record numbers of cholera outbreaks, and our warming planet is expanding the range of mosquitoes which carry dangerous pathogens like dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and yellow fever into places that have never dealt with them before.”

WHO and Wellcome Trust are also hosting a COP28 Health Pavilion to generate a watershed moment for climate and health, convening a wide variety of actors, including ministers, climate and health professionals, civil society organizations, youth representatives, and businesses, and will bring the climate-health agenda into the mainstream.

In an interview on Friday (1 Dec), Dr Elena Villalobos, WHO Climate and Health Team and the Secretariat Lead for the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH), said, “What we are trying to do is to leverage the collective power of all the partners already working on climate change and health, plus all the member states, and basically come together, share experiences, support them in accessing finance. We already have a full package of interventions of technical support that is available to countries, but what they really are lacking now is capacity in terms of technical capacity and access to those tools, but also concrete access to the financial resources that will allow to do the investments that they need to do at the country level.”

In partnership with ATACH members, WHO continues promoting commitment to building climate-resilient and sustainable low-carbon health systems.
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