On 15 and 16 April, IDMC's senior monitoring coordinator, Sylvain Ponserre, will be in Cannes, France, to present our IDETECT monitoring tool and discuss solutions to facilitate disaster response at the conference 'Health and climate change: Taking care of humankind at +2°C'.
Following the UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, and the landmark UN IPCC special report on 1.5 degrees of global warming, the impacts of a changing climate on the health of populations worldwide need to be further examined. The conference in Cannes, dubbed the first 'humanitarian COP' on climate change and health, will examine the current and future consequences of climate change on health, explore innovative approaches to dealing with the emerging challenges and raise awareness among citizens and decision makers about the role of prevention, preparedness, adaptation and response to climate impacts.
Specific themes include: reducing the health risks of disasters; adapting to heat waves in urban areas; fighting against food insecurity and malnutrition; promoting access to universal health care; facing the health challenges of climate-related migration; protecting ecosystems to promote health; and financing and governing climate-health initiatives more effectively.
The conference is organised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and others.