In Bonn, Germany this week at COP23, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) delivered their Call to Action to World Health Organization Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus. “The health impacts of climate change and the health benefits of climate action are becoming increasingly clear,” said Director General Tedros.
HCWH’s Call to Action included 129 institutions in 31 countries that represented the combined interests of more than 10,000 hospitals and health centers.
The call to action is an acknowledgement of health center and hospital energy use and environmental impact, but crucially “recognizes that as a front-line first responder, the health care sector must build resilience into our systems and facilities to best prepare for serious climate change-induced extreme weather impacts.”
Major signatories to the document include large private and non-profit health systems from many diverse countries of varying income levels.
Call to Action on Climate Change and Health
· Download the Call to Action in English
· Download the Call to Action in Spanish
· Download the Call to Action in Portuguese
· Download the Call to Action in French
· Download the Call to Action in German