Health, Climate Change Should Be ‘Fully Integrated’ Into Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Lancet: Health and climate change: the end of the beginning?
Maria Neira, director of the WHO’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, and WHO colleagues
“…In September, the Climate Summit hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brought together 125 heads of state in New York, USA, to make commitments to ease the path to a planned international climate change agreement in Paris, France, in 2015. … This discussion moved beyond the now well-known health risks presented by climate change towards emphasis on health opportunities that could be realized through sustainable choices in sectors such as transport, electricity generation, and food and nutrition. … Health and climate change are not standalone issues, but link to every aspect of development. They should therefore be fully integrated into the new Sustainable Development Goals…” (12/13).