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02 May 2018 description

2 May 2018 News Release Geneva – Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.

02 May 2018 description

6 mars 2017 |Genève – Les niveaux de pollution de l’air restent dangereusement élevés dans de nombreuses parties du monde. De nouvelles données de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) montrent que 9 personnes sur 10 respirent un air contenant des niveaux élevés de polluants. Les dernières estimations révèlent que 7 millions de personnes meurent chaque année à cause de la pollution de l’air ambiant (extérieur) et à cause de la pollution de l’air à l’intérieur des habitations ; c’est un chiffre préoccupant.

24 Mar 2018 description

Health Ministers and Environment Ministers, Experts, Officials and other key stakeholders from Small Island Development States (SIDS) of Africa and South East Asian regions, namely Cabo Verde, Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Sao Tome and Principes and Seychelles participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Third Global Conference on Climate Change and Health on 21-22 March 2018 in Mauritius.

08 Mar 2018 description

Panamá, 2 de marzo de 2018 (OPS/OMS) – Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá y República Dominicana, son los países participantes en el Taller sobre Salud en Planes Nacionales de Adaptación al Cambio Climático (PNAD) y se han reunido en la ciudad de Panamá con el objetivo principal de aumentar la capacidad de los países para la elaboración del capítulo de salud como parte de sus planes nacionales de adaptación al cambio climático.

15 Jan 2018 description

This report highlights the most prominent climate change impacts facing Madagascar, with a particular emphasis on health, and provides investment relevant solutions to build resilience. Through the establishment of priority interventions to address the identified vulnerabilities, this report links evidence to opportunities for development actors, while providing specific input into the design of a World Bank investment.

20 Dec 2017 description

Review the biggest health stories from WHO in 2017. Relive some of WHO's major achievements in the past year.

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16 Nov 2017 description

Comunicado de prensa conjunto CCNUCC/OMS

12 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2017 | BONN (ALEMANIA) - Hoy, en la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, la Organización Mundial de la Salud, en colaboración con la secretaría de Naciones Unidas – Cambio Climático y en alianza con la Presidencia de Fiji en la 23.ª Conferencia de las Partes (COP23), ha puesto en marcha una iniciativa especial para proteger a los habitantes de pequeños Estados insulares en desarrollo de las consecuencias del cambio climático para la salud.

14 Nov 2017 description

12 NOVEMBRE 2017 | BONN, ALLEMAGNE - Aujourd’hui, à la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (COP23), l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé a lancé, en collaboration avec le secrétariat de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC) et en partenariat avec la présidence fidjienne de la vingt-troisième Conférence des Parties (COP23), une initiative spéciale pour protéger les habitants des petits États insulaires en développement des conséquences sanitaires des changements climatiques.

12 Nov 2017 description

Joint news release UNFCCC/WHO

12 NOVEMBER 2017 | BONN, GERMANY - Today, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), WHO, in collaboration with the UN Climate Change secretariat and in partnership with the Fijian Presidency of the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23), has launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change.

09 Nov 2017 description

Climate change has far-reaching impacts on human health and well-being. Changing temperature and rainfall patterns impact crop yield, food and water security, and nutrition. The increased frequency and intensity of extreme events can cause not only injury, but also increase the risk of water-borne diseases (diarrhoeal disease, Hepatitis A and E, bacterial diseases such as cholera), diseases associated with crowding (measles, meningitis, acute respiratory infections) and vector-borne diseases (malaria, dengue), as well as psychological and emotional distress related to traumatic events.

07 Sep 2017 description

Male, Maldives, 7 September 2017: In recognition of the immense and increasing public health risks caused by climate change, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region today unanimously endorsed the Malé Declaration, committing to build health systems able to anticipate, respond to, cope with, recover from and adapt to climate-related shocks and stress.

05 Jun 2017 description

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day – “Connecting people to nature” – implores citizens of the world to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and importance, and to protect the Earth that we share. On this day, celebrated every 5 June since 1972, WHO reminds decision-makers and citizens that health is intrinsically linked to the environment.

01 May 2017 description

Global defences against universal transboundary threats to health, like climate change, air pollution and antimicrobial resistance, depend on WHO’s role as a guardian of public health. This role involves tracking rapidly evolving threats, quantifying the harm to health, and sounding the alarm. WHO also works to raise political awareness and extend advice on the best protective strategies for safeguarding public health. In these – as in many other areas – protective strategies require collaboration with multiple non-health sectors.

06 Mar 2017 description

6 DE MARZO DE 2017 | GINEBRA - De acuerdo con dos nuevos informes de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), más de una cuarta parte de las defunciones de niños menores de cinco años son consecuencia de la contaminación ambiental. 

Cada año, las condiciones insalubres del entorno, tales como la contaminación del aire en espacios cerrados y en el exterior, la exposición al humo de tabaco ajeno, la insalubridad del agua, la falta de saneamiento y la higiene inadecuada, causan la muerte de 1,7 millones de niños menores de cinco años.

06 Mar 2017 description

The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, says WHO

6 March 2017 | Geneva – More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

06 Mar 2017 description

6 mars 2017 |Genève – Selon deux nouveaux rapports de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), plus d’un quart des décès d’enfants de moins de cinq ans est attribuable à la pollution de l’environnement. Chaque année, les risques environnementaux – pollution de l’air intérieur et extérieur, tabagisme passif, insalubrité de l’eau, manque de moyens d’assainissment et hygiène insuffisante – entraînent le décès de 1,7 million d’enfants de moins de cinq ans.

08 Jul 2016 description

8 JULY 2016 | PARIS – Participants attending the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate, hosted by the Government of France, COP21 presidency, proposed key actions for the implementation of the Paris agreement to reduce health risks linked to climate change. The action agenda is a contribution to COP22, under the Presidency of the Government of Morocco, in Marrakech in November 2016.

Climate change and health

28 Jun 2016 description

Foreword About 6.9 million people in Pacific island countries cannot access improved sanitation. More than 4.8 million cannot access improved water supplies. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes water and sanitation as basic human rights. The General Assembly has called upon governments and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and technology transfer to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking-water and sanitation for all (UN Resolution A/RES/64/292).

25 May 2016 description

24 MAi 2016 | GENÈVE - Le Secrétaire exécutif de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques, Christiana Figueres, s’est exprimée aujourd’hui devant l’Assemblée mondiale de la Santé. Elle a insisté sur les liens entre les changements climatiques et la santé, notamment en ce qui concerne la propagation des maladies à transmission vectorielle.