HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Taking care of humankind at +2°C
15 TH – 16 TH OF APRIL 2019
Climate change have already impacts on human health and projections are alarming. From North to South, every country is concerned and has to adapt, particularly to protect the most vulnerable people. On the occasion of the Centenary of the foundation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, France is organizing the first “humanitarian COP” in order to update the scientific research and to present innovative solutions to take up the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century.
A WORLD CONFERENCE
During 2 days, we will discuss and reflect on the views of international experts with our actions and experiences from the field in order to
Examine the current and future consequences of the climate change on health.
Explore innovative approaches to come up with key recommendations to mankind on how to face the increase of these phenomena.
Call to action
Raise awareness amongst citizens and decision-makers in public and private sectors about the role of prevention, preparedness and the collective actions to be better prepared, adapt and response to these future stakes
WORLD CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
15 conference-debates, a commission for future generations, an innovative project space, a virtual reality studio, etc.
Monday 15 april 2019
09:30 – 09:45 Opening speeches by the Presidents
With: Pr Jean-Jacques Eledjam, President of the French Red Cross; Dr Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
09:45 – 10:30 Round table “From war to climate: 100 years of humanitarian action”
With: Pr Jean-Jacques Eledjam, President of the French Red Cross; Dr Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); Koby Langley, Senior Vice President of International Services and Service to the Armed Forces, American Red Cross; Mike Adamson, Executive Director of the British Red Cross; Pr Hiroshi Higashiura, , representative appointed by the President of the Japanese Red Cross; Jimmy Kilang, Vice President of the Southern Sudan Red Cross Society; Dr Alex Pinano, President of the Marshall Islands Red Cross; Doris Schopper, Member of the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva and Director of the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action, former President of Médecins sans frontières (MSF) Switzerland; Anne-Marie Huber-Hotz, President of the Swiss Red Cross and Vice-President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
10:30 – 11:00 Opening addresses: by political, artistic or corporate representatives
With: François de Rugy (Ministre d’Etat, Minister for the ecological and inclusive transition, France),
Laurent Fabius, (President of the Constitutional Council and former President of Cop21), David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes and Vice-President of the Association des maires de France et des présidents d’intercommunalité (AMF), Ms. Kirsi Madi (the Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction), Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, (Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad) (AFPAT), Pr. Sir Andy Haines, (Chair of the Rockefeller Foundation- Lancet Commission on Planetary Health),
11:30 – 12:30 Introductory plenary session: Overview of current knowledge on climate/health
14:00 – 16:00 Workshops :
Reducing the health risks of disasters
With: Pr Virgina Murray (Public Health England), Fernando Briones (University of Colorado-Boulder), Pr JC Gaillard (University of Auckland), Omar Abou-Samra (Preparedness Services and Global Disaster Preparedness Center – Washington DC), Nancy Claxton (International federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society), Thierry Fauveaux (French Red Cross), Michael Szonyi.
Adapting to heat waves in urban areas
Including: Dr Maarten K. Van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre – IPCC), Dr Joy Shumake-Guillemot (World Meteorological Organization – WMO), Sujoud Ghallab (Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia), Amy Davison (Environmental Management Department of the City of Cape Town – South Africa), Pr Camilo Mora (Environmental Management Department of the City of Cape Town – South Africa), Karine Laaidi (Public Health France).
Preventing epidemics: a community- and public-health-oriented approach
With: Dr Philippe Quénel (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique), Jean-François Guégan (French Institute for Research in Developing Countries, IRD), Tonje Tingberg (Norwegian Red Cross), Dr Stanislas Rebaudet (Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Marseille), Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck (Ministre d’Etat, Presidence of Senegal), Eric Sam-Vah (PIROI).
Meeting mental health and psychosocial support needs
With: Pr Susan Clayton (IPCC), Nana Wiedemann (IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, Danish Red Cross), Dr Fathy Flefel (Palestine Red Crescent Society), Dick Clomén (Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement Project), Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz (American Red Cross).
14:00 – 16:00 Future generations commission
Future young leaders from all over the world gathered to imagine solutions
16:30 – 17:30 REDx: presentation of innovative projects and local initiatives
Tuesday 16 april 2019
09:15 – 10:15 Promoting access to universal health coverage
With: Dr Githinji Gitahi (Amref Health Africa), Dr Emanuele Capobianco (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), Laurent Chambaud (EHESP, the French High School of Public Health), Christophe Paquet (French Development Adgency – AFD), Virginie Le Masson (Overseas Development Institute – ODI), Dr Ri Un Hye (Health Department, Red Cross of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).
10:30 – 12:30 Workshops
Facing the health challenges associated with climate-related migration
With: Mariam Traore Chazalnoel (International Organization for Migration), Mr Jozef Bartovic (WHO), Sylvain Ponserre (The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre), Dorothy Mwari Nkonge-Ngumbau (Danish Red Cross), Lasha Goguadze (IFRC Health Department), Dr Emanuele Capobianco (FICR), Jacqueline Deroin De Gaillande (Vanuatu Red Cross Society).
Preventing health needs related to the combined effects of conflict and climate change
With: Pr Dorothea Hilhorst (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam), Doris Shopper (International Committee of the Red Cross), Bastien Alex (French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs – IRIS), Dr Mohammad Salim Bahramand (Société du Croissant-Rouge afghan), Dr Esperanza Martinez (CICR), Bruno Jochum (Médecins Sans Frontières), Jimmy Kilang (South Sudan Red Cross).
Fighting against food insecurity and malnutrition
With: Gema Arranz Benito (Livelihood Resource Centre, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent society), Anne-Sophie Desmaris (French Red Cross), Dr Halima Saado Abdillahi (ICHA), Soenke Kreft (The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative – MCII), Cindy Holleman (Division économie du développement agricole), Kathryn Ogden (Programme alimentaire mondial), Michel Maietta (ACF Royaume-Uni, IARAN).
Protecting ecosystems to promote health
With: Louis Roger Essola Etoa (CEFDHAC, The Conference on Ecosystems of Dense Humid Forests of Central Africa), Karounga Keita (Wetlands International Africa), Juriaan Lahr (Netherlands Red Cross), Cristina Romanelli (CBD-WHO Joint Work Programme on Biodiversity & Health), Marina Maiero (WHO), Isao Frank (Micronesia Red Cross Society).
10:30 – 12:30 Future generations commission
Future young leaders from all over the world gathered to imagine solutions
14:00 – 14:30 REDx: presentation of innovative projects and local initiatives
14:30 – 15:30 Financing and governing climate-health initiatives more effectively
With: Dr Jemilah Mahmood (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent society), Elhadj As Sy (Global Commission on Adaptation), Jean-Louis de Brouwer (European Commission’s Directorate-General “European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations” – ECHO), Dr Agnes Soucat (WHO), Claus Haugaard Sorensen (former DG ECHO – to be confirmed), Philippe Jahshan (Coordination Sud), Alexandra Rüth (German Red Cross).
15:30 – 16:30 Calling to action and communicating to instigate change
With: Cyrielle Hariel Journalist, « changemaker » and author, Pr Edward Maibach (Centre for Climate Change Communication – George Mason University), Pablo Suarez (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre),Dr Vijay Limaye (Natural Resources Defense Council), Magali Payen #ONESTPRÊT, Tarek Ezzine (International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations – IFMSA).
16:30 – 17:00 Conclusion and commitments
Advocacy of the Commission on Future Generations
Closing speech by the President of the French Red Cross, Pr Jean-Jacques Eledjam.
Activist journalist, renowned changemaker she will lead the two-day conference.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
THE THEMES THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED
Famines caused by reduced agricultural yields, death and injury related to accidents during cyclones, the spread of parasitic and infectious diseases, hyperthermia during heat waves… The direct or indirect effects of climate change on the health of populations, especially the most vulnerable, are multiple and complex. Climate change acts also as a threat multiplier, rather than a direct cause, of conflict and displacement. Humanitarian actors have a role and a responsibility to help people and communities reduce their vulnerability when they face the risks of climate, especially when their health is threatened.