New initiative to protect small islands from climate change

A new initiative to protect people living in small island developing states from the health impacts of climate change has been launched. The World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new initiative to protect people living in small island developing states from the health impacts of climate change has been launched.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with the UN and the COP23 Fijian Presidency, said the vision is to have health systems that are resilient to climate change by 2030.

They also hope countries across the world will be reducing carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and delivering large health benefits in carbon-emitting nations.

Some of the main goals of the initiative is to gather evidence to support the business case for investment in climate change and health, promote policies that improve preparedness and prevention and triple the levels of international financial support.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change said: “Small islands are in the frontline from extreme weather event that can contaminate drinking water to health-hazardous heatwaves and the spread of infectious diseases.

“This initiative can strengthen the response of small islands to the rising risks as the world works to ensure that together we keep a global temperature rise well below 2°C and better, no higher than 1.5°C.”