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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at Virtual Event on Climate Change and its Link to Health, Labour and Human Rights

WHO Director-General's opening remarks at Virtual Event on Climate Change and its Link to Health, Labour and Human Rights

Your Excellency Dr A. K. Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh,

Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends,

Let me start by thanking the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the Climate Vulnerable Forum for organizing the webinar on this critical issue.

Climate change and health has been one of my priorities since I took office.

For nearly a decade, WHO has worked with the government of Bangladesh on climate change and health and implemented three projects there.

These three projects not only produced important data on the interlinkage of the two sectors, but also the development and implementation of comprehensive plans to strengthen the resilience of health systems to climate change.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the intimate and delicate relationship between people and planet, which we can only address with a “One Health” approach.

Recently WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health and the UN Environment Programme joined forces to establish a One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, and I would especially like to thank Her Excellency Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her leadership of that group.

Of course, the need for a “One Health” approach goes far beyond antimicrobial resistance.

Earlier this year, WHO released a manifesto for a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19, calling on governments to protect nature, support clean energy sources, reduce pollution, and build sustainable food systems and healthier cities.
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