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    WHO Approves Work Plan on Climate Change and Health

    By Keith R | January 25, 2009

    Topics: Climate Change, Health Issues | No Comments »

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    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board (EB) at its session in Geneva last week approved the WHO Secretariat’s proposed work plan on climate change and health.  The basic elements of the work plan are:

    Awareness Raising


    Promote and Support the Generation of Scientific Evidence

    Strengthen Health Systems to Cope with Health Threats Posed by Climate Change, Including Emergencies Related to Extreme Weather Events and Sea-Level Rise

    The Secretariat says that the program will particularly emphasize work with countries deemed most vulnerable to the effects of climate change on health. It doesn’t say how this will be determined initially, which is an interesting question, since part of the project is to develop assessment tools and indicators that help identify who is most vulnerable and to which impacts they may be most vulnerable.

    The Secretariat also says that the new program should not have additional impact on approved budgets for the 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 bienniums, but that the planned budget for 2012-2013 may have to be reassessed based on actions emerging from the work in the next couple of years and the support needs of Member States identified.

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