Plenary 5: Climate change, justice and public health

Friday 12 November 2021, 16:20 – 17:20 CET 

Organised by EuroHealthNet

Moderator Caroline Costongs, Director EuroHealthNet

Recent events have put into sharp relief that the world is facing converging emergencies: health, rising inequalities, and climate change and environmental degradation.

Tackling these challenges requires actions by governments, businesses, communities, and individuals, and concerted strategies across health, environmental, and social sectors. Public health has an important role to play in promoting health in a rapidly changing world, and in ensuring a broad approach to health which considers socio-economic and environmental determinants. This is particularly crucial to ensure that we achieve a net zero carbon economy while simultaneously addressing the social crisis we are facing and improving health and wellbeing for all: achieving a green, healthy and just transition, leaving no one behind regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and income and education levels.

On the closing day of the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26), this plenary will discuss the four COP26 goals of 'Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance and Collaboration', exploring how health and equity can be further mainstreamed within these climate actions. It aims both to inform and to inspire, raising awareness about the interconnected challenges we are facing as well as discussing solutions and actions at different levels that we all can be a part of to ensure the transformational change that is needed.

Draft programme

Welcome by the Moderator - Caroline Costongs, Director EuroHealthNet

Setting the scene: The role of public health in addressing climate change and environmental inequalities post-2020
Maria Neira, Director Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

Panel debate and Q&A: Working collaboratively to mainstream health and equity in COP26 goals

  • Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Monica Scatasta, Director, Technical Assessment and Monitoring Directorate, Council of Europe Development Bank (tbc)
  • Karolina Fabianova, Project and Communications Manager, Youth and Environment Europe (tbc)
  • Maria Neira, Director Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

Concluding round: take-home messages and conclusion