WHO: 216 million people are at risk

WHO says “a terrible situation is happening”: 216 million people are in danger

The WHO made a written statement on expectations at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Climate Change (COP28), which will be held in Dubai, headquarters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), between November 30 and 12 from December.

The statement stated that the WHO and the global health community raised their voices to ensure that the impact of climate change on health is at the center of the negotiations, and emphasized the importance of focusing global debates on human health.


The statement states that the world is warming rapidly as a result of the “extreme climate events” that have recently occurred around the world and that there is a dire situation about what lies ahead for people. “At the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), approximately 3.5 billion people live in regions highly vulnerable to climate change. It is claimed to be alive. According to WHO figures, deaths from high temperatures among people over 65 have increased by 70 percent in the last 20 years. “An impressive and determined effort to limit warming to just 1.5 degrees could avoid a future much worse than what we are seeing now.” Statements were included.


The statement highlighted that increasingly frequent and severe weather events, such as droughts, floods and heat waves, will strain health service infrastructure, and stated that last year’s flood disaster in Pakistan displaced 8 million people and affected a total of 33 million people.


“World Bank projections indicate that without bold and urgent action, climate change could displace approximately 216 million people by 2050,” the statement said. Expressions were used.

The statement emphasized that it is necessary to strengthen health systems against climate change to make them resilient, low-carbon and sustainable, and stated that if rapid action is not taken, health systems will become vulnerable to the overwhelming effects. of the weather. change.

“Climate change is not a distant threat, but a present danger that affects our health in many ways,” the statement said. the warning was given.


The statement highlighted that the health community demanded that decisive action be taken at COP28, and it was emphasized that the WHO called for urgent action on the measures to be taken on climate change and health.


WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whose views were included in the statement, said: “Prioritizing health is not a choice, but the basic structure of resilient societies.” he made the assessment of it.

Emphasizing that leaders at COP28 must strive to achieve the strong health outcomes their citizens expect and their economies urgently need, Ghebreyesus said: “We must demonstrate the enormous benefits of bolder climate action for our health.” and wellness”. he said. (AA)

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