World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Gov't Doc #: EM/RC64/R.3 Agenda item 3(b)
Type Of Publication : Regional Committee resolutions RC Resolution Fulltext The Regional Committee, Having reviewed the technical discussion paper on climate change and health: a framework for action; Recalling resolutions
WHA61.19 and EM/RC55/R.8 on climate change and health and EM/RC60/R.5 on the regional strategy on health and the environment (2014-2019); Recalling also the outcomes of the second Global Conference on Health and Climate which set key actions for the implementation of the Paris agreement to reduce health risks linked to climate change, and the Marrakech Ministerial Declaration on Health, Environment and Climate Change (2016); Concerned that, in some countries of the Region, health systems are still not resilient to climate change; Recognizing the leadership role of ministries of health in governance, regulation and surveillance of health, as well as in triggering necessary actions and interventions by other related sectors to protect health from climate change and environmental risks; 1. ENDORSES the framework for action on climate change and health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (2017-2021)(annexed to this resolution); 2. REQUESTS the Director-General to include the adoption of the Marrakech Ministerial Declaration on Health, Environment and Climate Change as an agenda item for the 143rd session of the Executive Board; 3. CALLS ON Member States to: 3.1 Designate and empower a national health and climate change focal point to facilitate and coordinate the development of the public health response to climate change; 3.2 Increase climate resilience of health systems, including through integration of surveillance, early warning systems and management of the impact of climate change on health outcomes; 3.3 Ensure support for health and climate action through engaging the health community, relevant sectors and other stakeholders in mitigation and adaptation of climate change; 4. REQUESTS the Regional Director to: 4.1. Provide technical support to Member States to develop national frameworks for action on climate-resilient health systems and to implement country-specific national public health response to climate change; 4.2. Build partnerships with United Nations organizations and other relevant stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the framework for action on climate change and health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (2017-2021); 4.3 Convene a regional consultation on health and the environment, with focus on climate change and air pollution, as well as implementation of the regional framework with participation from national health and environment authorities; 4.4 Report to the Regional Committee on the progress achieved in the implementation of the regional framework for action on climate change and health at its sixty-sixth and sixty-eighth sessions.
Keywords: Environmental and Occupational Health,
( 2017).Climate change and health : a framework for action, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean