Health Care Without Harm participated in a side event that presented the updates of the COP26 Health and Climate Programme.
The 56th Sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Bodies took place in Bonn, Germany, between June 6 and 16. This conference is at the mid-point between COPs and for two weeks, delegates and representatives of different organizations participated in events, meetings, and held negotiating sessions to pave the way for COP27, to be held in November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Anna Fuhrmann, Climate Officer, Health Care Without Harm Europe, was one of the panelists in the side event presenting the updates on the COP26 Health and Climate Programme, including the latest updates on national climate and health commitments.
The Programme was launched during COP26 in Glasgow, and is supported by the UK government as the Presidency of COP26, the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Care Without Harm, and the UNFCCC Climate Champions. It enables transformational change to protect the health of people and the planet. Read about the session and watch the recording here.
The Climate Action Network published two health-related articles in its ECO newsletter, which runs daily during the formal sessions to provide civil society perspectives on the climate negotiations. The first analyzes the growing health movement for climate action in light of the developments presented in the side event around the COP26 Health Programme. It also mentions the different initiatives that are underway for the health care sector to increase its resilience, reduce emissions, and align with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement without compromising health care delivery.
The second discusses the numerous ways in which climate change affects human health, and explores some of the agenda items in the negotiations under which health considerations should be integrated.