Climate change and health
Proceedings from the COP21 “Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet” 2015 event in Paris
Edited by Antoine Flahault, Anneliese Depoux and Corinne Kowalski
This collection of Public Health Reviews is dedicated to the topic of Climate Change and Health, which is a global challenge as climate change has become a worldwide threat to health. The COP21 in Paris in December 2015 marks a turning point in the fight against climate change. On this occasion, the Centre Virchow-Villermé was selected to organize a side event of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) dedicated to ˝Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet˝ with the aim to promote health as an important argument in the negotiations on climate change.
This initiative was directly supported by their parent organizations, the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and academic partners: the University of Geneva, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of Heidelberg, with sponsorship by the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation and The Lancet.
COP21 assembled thousands of participants from around the world, with the common goal and passion for helping our policymakers to make the necessary and courageous decisions at this critical stage of climate negotiations for the sake of the planet and for global public health. The ˝Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet˝ event included a program with distinguished lecturers to highlight cutting-edge knowledge and experience in the field of planetary health, climate change and health related issues to engage. The purpose of this conference was to engage and discuss the next steps in an open arena and to debate on the content of research, anticipated in the coming months and years, including the work of young researchers committed to this domain.
The global effort required today will have an impact on many areas that interact with health. This collection assembled presentations developed to raise awareness in the public health community with the purpose of promoting the future of research and policy in this global challenge for planetary health.
Publication charges for this collection were funded by the Centre Virchow-Villermé. Articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by the Handling Editor, who declares no competing interests.
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