UNU-IIGH Signs on to Health Educators Climate Commitment

  • 2015•12•29     Kuala Lumpur

    The United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) is one of 48 new institutions committing to train students to address the health impacts of climate change, the White House announced at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21).

    The Health Educators Climate Commitment, created by the Obama Administration in April 2015, aims to equip the next generation of health professionals with the education and training to address the health impacts of climate change, and to develop a global network of climate change and health experts.

    UNU-IIGH joins 117 other public health, medical, and nursing schools from 14 countries in the initiative. “We offer research training and other capacity building programmes on the health impacts of climate change. Our PhD students are working on the impacts of climate change on infectious diseases, the health consequences of flooding, and health co-benefits from climate change mitigation,” said UNU-IIGH Research Fellow Prof. Dr Jamal Hisham Hashim.

    UNU-IIGH Research Fellow Dr Jose Siri addressed a COP21 side event in Paris on December 11 about future directions in research and policy on climate change and health.

    UNU-IIGH Director Prof. Anthony Capon said: “Health impacts of climate change is one of the research priorities here at United Nations University. Importantly, we argue for consideration of the many health benefits from transitions to low-carbon development and a green economy”.