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UNFCCC COP17/CMP7 HEAL Delegation & Partners

HEAL is very delighted to have again sent a delegation to the UN climate change negotiations in Durban (28 November - 9 December, 2011).

Since HEAL’s participation in the Copenhagen Summit in 2009, considerable progress has been made in spreading the message on climate change impacts thanks to work by the WHO, many different countries and very active public, professional and academic groups - many of which represent the health community like HEAL. In Copenhagen, HEAL was one of only a very few other health representatives and groups with accredited delegations. Today in Durban, there are at least a dozen health-related groups taking part in the negotiations.

HEAL’s delegation is represented by four very committed, talented and accomplished individuals. Below are their biographies.

Dr. Hugh Edward Montgomery, University College London (UCL) Institute for Human Health & Performance

Dr. Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London (UCL) as well as Director of the UCL Institute for Human Health & Performance. He is a co-founder of the UK Climate and Health Council, and sits on its Executive Board. He has published over 180 scientific articles (including on the topic of ’Nature’), delivered the 2007 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and was a co-author of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health. Dr Montgomery also is a London Leader in sustainability with the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Contact information: University College London (UCL) Institute for Human Health & Performance Charterhouse Bdg, Archway Campus, Highgate Hill - 2nd floor London N19 5LW (UK) Tel: +44 (0)207 288 3891 ext 40840 Email:

Juliet Anne Duff, Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association (IDEA)

Juliet is Chairperson for IDEA. After living and working for many years in East Africa, she began an investigation into the growing phenomenon of stress which she believes is major health threat. Through Juliet’s in-depth inquiry into the relationship between human health, stress and the environment she discovered an ecosystem’s approach to human health (Ecohealth) asking: “Can people stay healthy on a planet that is sick and getting sicker?” Her research has since lead her to attending and giving presentations on Ecohealth at international and national seminars and conferences, representing IDEA at local and national fora to inform on the impact of the environment and various industries/technologies on human health. Juliet also delivers lectures in Ecohealth at the University College Cork (UCC) through the Epidemiology and Public Health program as well as Environmental Health Education.

Contact information: Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association (IDEA) Glenville Park, Glenville Co. Cork, Ireland Tel. + 35 (0)32 1488 0474 Email: Web:

Pendo Maro, Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL); Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)

Pendo is the joint HCWH/HEAL Senior Climate and Energy Advisor in Brussels. She has an extensive knowledge in European environmental policy integration, having worked with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) on the integration of environmental policy into policies such as the EU Sustainable Development Strategy, the Lisbon Strategy, environmental fiscal reform and use of market based instruments. Prior to her Brussels commitments, she worked in Indonesia as a consultant on deforestation and as an author and research fellow in South Africa. She has written on the EU Impact Assessment procedure and more recently published a book looking at the causes and consequences of land-use change in Lesotho. Dr. Pendo Maro holds a PhD in Environmental Change and Policy from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Contact information: Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) 28 Boulevard Charlemagne Brussels B1000 (BE) Tel: +32 (0)2 234 3642; +32 (0)2 503 4011; Email:; Web:,

Elizabeth Alexandra Finch, University College London (UCL)

Beth has recently completed a Masters in Global Health and Development at University College London (UCL), where she studied the impact of climate change on health with Professor Hugh Montgomery. Her interest in international development (largely from a political perspective) had inspired her to study with UCL because she felt health was key to tackling development issues. For Beth, the greatest threat to health is climate change. At undergraduate level she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. Since then, she has been convinced climate change is one of the most urgent issues for governments to tackle and eager to get involved in the climate change and health lobbying movement. Beth hopes to pursue a career in health policy with a focus on climate change and its related health and development issues.

Contact information: University College London (UCL) 30 Guilford Street London WC1N 1EH (UK) Tel: +44 (0)20 7905 2889 ext 8272 2889 Email:

HEAL’s partners involved at Durban include:

WHO and GCCA work at COP17 can be read here.

Last updated on 12 December 2011

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