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Climate change and global public health: 2022 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium

18.30, Monday 11 July 2022

The Academy of Medical Sciences London, Online

With the growing awareness of the possibility of large-scale impact of climate change on health outcomes has been highlighted, and with respective grand challenges and report work in this area, the US National Academy of Medicine (US NAM) and UK Academy of Medical Sciences (UK AMS) combined expertise to discuss this crucial public health and equity issue.

The explicit linkages between climate change, human health, and equity offer compelling opportunities for global leadership and action to meet net zero targets, integrate health more prominently into the climate narrative, and create robust measurements of climate’s impact of health.

During this bilateral event, the US NAM and UK AMS will emphasized health as a rationale for addressing climate change, including highlighting the importance of health sector leadership in catalysing economy-wide decarbonisation and applying an equity lens to sustainable mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Importantly, the meeting sought to identify ways global academies of medicine can leverage their individual and collective influence and leadership to effect change and impact on respective national and global climate change policies.

A full event summary has now been published along with a groundbreaking joint statement between the US and UK academies on this key health issue. 

In this blog, our President Professor Dame Anne Johnson PMedSci and Professor Victor Dzau, President of National Academy of Medicine share their reflections on the joint workshop.

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