WHO launches new health, climate alliance platform

WHO launches new health, climate alliance platform

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The World Health Organisation has announced the launch of a new health and climate change alliance platform.

The platform, according to the WHO, is aimed at helping countries to have better healthcare systems.

The launch of the platform, the WHO said, was part of efforts to carry out commitments made by them at the UN Climate Change Conference held in 2021.

According to the global health agency, the 2021 conference was organised to help achieve resilient and low carbon, reliable health systems.

The WHO said, “The main objectives of the alliance are to drive and sustain progress and ambition on resilient and low carbon health systems and their supply chains.

“It aims to encourage more countries to make commitments and increase ambition; elevate the agenda in both health and climate spaces, promoting innovation and solutions to overcome global constraints to achieving the goals of the COP26 Health Programme; and support the development and strengthening of the current and emerging evidence and knowledge base, health arguments for climate change action to inform advocacy, planning, and implementation.”

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The global health agency stated that action-oriented working groups will be created to inquire and seek out answers to strategic priorities, centred on insights and demand from members.

“The first four working groups are likely to focus on financing for commitments on climate-resilient and sustainable low carbon health systems; climate-resilient health systems; low-carbon sustainable health systems and greening supply chains and procurement.  

“A steering group, made up of representatives from each of the working groups and the co-conveners, will support WHO in defining the strategic direction of the alliance, build synergies across the working groups while promoting a dynamic response to emerging priorities, opportunities and challenges. 

“WHO will act as secretariat to the alliance,” it said.

The WHO said the launch of the ‘Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate Change and Health’ was done in collaboration with the United Kingdom Government.

“The ATACH will act as a platform to bring together institutions that have signed on to the COP26 Health Programme and relevant partner organisations to coordinate efforts, exchange knowledge and best practices, build networks and access to technical and financial support, link up existing initiatives, tackle common challenges, and monitor global progress.

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“Currently, 60 countries have formally committed, at Minister of Health level, to at least one of the initiatives on climate-resilient and low carbon sustainable health systems promoted under the COP26 Health Programme,” the UN health agency said.

The WHO Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, Dr. Maria Neira, added saying, “This new alliance is intended to sustain the momentum and advance action on climate change and health at the country level, to help countries bridge the gap between commitments and implementation as a priority.

“Resilient healthcare systems are absolutely crucial to successful adaptation to climate change in any scenario, while also playing an essential role in low-carbon sustainable development and greening supply chains. The health sector is ready to lead by example,” she said.

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