WHO calls for accelerated action to protect human health and tackle climate crisis in times of heightened conflict and fragility – AZERTAC

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Baku, April 7, AZERTAC

On this World Health Day (April 7, 2022), WHO is making an urgent call for accelerated action by leaders and all people to preserve and protect health and mitigate the climate crisis through a campaign ” Our Planet, Our Health” marking the organization’s founding day, which falls at a time of heightened conflict and fragility, according to the WHO’s official website.

In issuing its call to action, the WHO notes that 99% of people breathe unhealthy air resulting primarily from the burning of fossil fuels. A warming world sees mosquitoes spreading disease further and faster than ever before. Extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, land degradation and water scarcity displace people and affect their health. Pollution and plastics are found at the bottom of our deepest oceans, highest mountains, and have made their way into our food chain and bloodstream. Systems that produce highly processed and unhealthy foods and beverages drive obesity, increase cancer and heart disease while generating up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. This health and social crisis compromises the ability of people to take charge of their health and their lives.

“The climate crisis is a health crisis: the same unsustainable choices that are killing our planet are killing people,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We need transformative solutions to wean the world off its dependence on fossil fuels, to reinvent well-being economies and societies, and to preserve the health of the planet on which human health depends.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines of inequality across the world, underscoring the urgency of creating sustainable and well-being societies that do not overstep ecological limits and ensure that all have access to tools that save and improve lives. , systems, policies and environments.

The WHO Manifesto for ensuring a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19 prescribes protecting and preserving nature as the source of human health; investing in essential services, from water and sanitation to clean energy in health facilities; ensure a rapid and healthy energy transition; promote healthy and sustainable food systems; building healthy and livable cities; and stop using taxpayers’ money to fund pollution.

The Geneva Charter for Wellbeing outlines the global commitments needed to achieve equitable health and social outcomes now and for future generations, without destroying the health of our planet.

Through its World Health Day campaign, WHO calls on governments, organizations, businesses and citizens to share the actions they are taking to protect the planet and human health.

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