July 2-3, 2019 | London, UK | Climate Change
Temperature Check: Youth Action on Health and Climate
A safe, clean, and healthy environment is integral to sustainable development, the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, and to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. Climate change poses a grave threat to human health through pathways as diverse as extreme weather events, heat waves, vector-born disease, poor air quality, food insecurity, displacement, and conflict. The corollary is that climate action presents an opportunity to accelerate sustainable development outcomes and improve human health. The links between climate change and health offer an effective frame through which to mobilize urgent and coherent action on climate change.
A two-day workshop, coinciding with London Climate Action Week, will bring together youth leaders and representatives from civil society groups working on environment, climate change, and health in a focused set of global south countries, to 1) develop shared messages for use in global and national climate dialogues and provide communications and strategic support to youth leaders to advocate for health considerations to be adequately reflected in the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit and equally for climate considerations to be adequately reflected in the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, both in September 2019; and 2) broaden the constituencies engaged in climate change discussions and advocacy to include youth and global south voices, enabling agreed upon messages to be amplified in a wider range of health and climate policy dialogues. The workshop is organized by the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization, the Stanley Center, and the Wellcome Trust, in partnership with a number of civil society organizations.
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