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Irish NGO health leader describes first-ever global Climate and Health Summit

The first Climate and Health Summit held December 4 2011, in Durban brought together a vast range of participants and delegates who are concerned about the health impacts of climate change.

This forum provided the inequivocal facts on why health is the central issue in climate change. Climate change threatens not only the well-being, but the very survival, of human beings.

The good news is that making the changes necessary to reduce the emissions, will bring both health and financial benefits. The Durban Declaration on Climate and Health was signed, which called upon national delegations to the UNFCCC’s 17th Conference of the Parties to ensure a number of actions were addressed. These included ensuring a greater health sector representation on national delegations, a strong second committment to the Kyoto Protocol, and that by 2015, a fair, ambitious and binding agreement consistent with the Prescription for a Healthy Planet which was endorsed by more t han 130 health organisations in Copenhagen in 2009, will be negotiated.

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Last updated on 6 December 2011

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