Reflections from COP28: Resisting healthwashing in climate change negotiations

By Amiteshwar Singh, Tarek Ezzine, Renzo R. Guinto, Sophie Gepp, Robbie M. Parks, Meelan Thondoo, Poorvaprabha Patil and Kim R. van Daalen
28 / 03 / 2024
IOM nurses taking the blood pressure of a patient in Pontevedra Regional Health Unit. Image credit: Blue Motus 2013, licensed under a CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED licence.

At the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), health emerged as a pivotal focus, with almost 50 Health Ministers and approximately 1,600 health professionals witnessing the inaugural inclusion of a Health Day in official programming. The multidimensional health impacts of climate change—such as changes in the distribution of infectious diseases, changing pollen seasons, and increased heat-related morbidity and mortality—evidently justify the need for this focus.

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