Conference wrap up: CUGH mission statement, Clinton, Balbus, Lewis, highlight climate and health

  L-R: Peggy Bentley, UNC; Keith Martin, Executive Director of CUGH; YSN Dean Ann Kurth & Chair of CUGH; Chelsea Clinton; Pierre Burkens, past CUGH chair, Tulane University.

L-R: Peggy Bentley, UNC; Keith Martin, Executive Director of CUGH; YSN Dean Ann Kurth & Chair of CUGH; Chelsea Clinton; Pierre Burkens, past CUGH chair, Tulane University.

The 9th annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference wrapped up this week in New York. Notably, the CUGH board has modified the organization's mission statement to include "wellbeing of people and the planet." John Balbus at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences presented "The Health Implications of Climate Change and Environmental Degradation."

The opening plenary was given by Stephen Lewis, former Canadian ambassador to the UN and UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS.

The closing plenary session was moderated by Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.