1st Climate and Health Summit, Durban, 2011

The first ever global Climate and Health Summit took place at the UNFCCC's 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, December 2011. The event represented the first formal meeting of the organisations that formed the Global Climate and Health Alliance and was attended by over 100 delegates. Full details of the conference can be found in the pages below:



Despite the major health dimensions of the climate crisis, and despite the significant health co-benefits of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, public health has not played a central role in the climate debate.

In recent years however, the health sector has become increasingly engaged and active in addressing climate and health at the local, national and global levels.

The First Global Climate and Health Summit aims to bring together key health sector actors to discuss the impacts of climate change on public health and solutions that promote greater health and economic equity between and within nations.  The Summit is geared to build the profile of the health sector vis-à-vis the COP17 negotiations in Durban, and to also help build a broader, longer lasting global movement for a healthy climate.

  • Raise the profile of public health and the health sector vis-à-vis the public debate and global negotiations on climate change.

  • Catalyze greater health sector engagement on climate issues in a broad diversity of countries.

  • Build a common, more coordinated approach to addressing the health impacts of climate change.

  • Develop shared advocacy strategies for strong national and global policy measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change.