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Open Letter To the G20 Health Ministers Signed

As a HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance) member, WECF has signed the open letter to the G20 Health Ministers, ahead of their first ever meeting coming Friday, 19th May in Berlin.

17.05.2017 |




As a HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance) member, WECF has signed the open letter to the G20 Health Ministers, ahead of their first ever meeting coming Friday, 19th May in Berlin.

In this letter, HEAL members urge the G20 Health Ministers to recognise the threat to global health from climate change.

The G20 is taking place under the German presidency this year. At the initiative of Germany and with the goal of increasing the attention given to health at the G20, the health ministers will assemble for a meeting for the very first time. A G20 health declaration will be one of the outcomes of the meeting and form the basis for mainstreaming health as a theme for the heads of state and government and the G20 communiqué. The agenda will focus on antimicrobial resistance, global health security threats, and crisis management, which will be highly impacted by climate change. 

With this letter to the G20 ministers, HEAL members have expressed that, as health organisations, they welcome this new platform very much. At the same time HEAL calls on the ministers to highlight the threat to global health arising from climate change and significant opportunities in moving to a low carbon economy, and thereby help set the direction for future G20 health meetings.

For more information about HEAL and its members, visit: http://www.env-health.org/members/