Climate Emergency. Understanding the impact of climate change on global health.
The purpose of the event is to bring professionals working in global health (attached to universities, knowledge institutes, government and civil society) together to exchange knowledge and discuss a research agenda focusing on climate change and health. The Paris Agreement in 2015 was a major political step in reducing the risks of climate change, however the (health) impact of climate change hugely exceeds the progress we are making. In the light of this Agreement, the congress is timely and this national event will provide ample space to exchange knowledge and define research priorities in this thematic area.
Keynote speakers include Sir Prof Andy Haines, a leading name in the debate and a renowned expert in this field (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Prof Martens (University Maastricht, one of the authors of the Knowledge Agenda Climate and Health (‘Kennisagenda Klimaat en Gezondheid’) developed for ZonMW (May 2019). Dr Maarten van Aalst from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre will address resiliency in the face of rising climate change, and Dr Wüstefeld (WHO) will focus on the impact of climate change on nutrition and food security. In one of the afternoon sessions we will further the Knowledge Agenda on Climate and Health, chaired by the lead author of the report, Maud Huynen (University Maastricht).
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