Activists call for public health to take central role in UN climate change talks

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4611
  1. Miguel Jara
  1. 1Madrid

    Environmental health activists have been campaigning for public health aspects of climate change to be incorporated into any agreement reached when world leaders meet to discuss global warming in Copenhagen next month.

    Roberto Bertollini, director of the special programme on health and environment at the World Health Organization’s regional office in Europe, said, “In the 1992 agreement [made at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro], in articles 1 and 2, human health was mentioned in relation to global warming, but this topic has been lost over the years, and now we are making sure it gets back into the agenda.”

    He was speaking at climate change talks in Barcelona ahead of the United Nations meeting in Copenhagen from 7 to 18 December.

    “At WHO we would like to see greater attention given to the social and health impacts of climate change in the current negotiations,” said Dr …

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