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WHO - 142nd Executive Board - Additional amendments to Health, environment and climate change EB142CONF6

Geneva, 26/01/2018 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 180130_5
Statements on behalf of the EU

World Health Organization 142nd Executive Board Geneva, 22 January – 27 January 2018 Additional amendments to Health, environment and climate change EB142CONF6

Concerning the draft decision on Health, environment and climate change, the EU and  its Member States strongly support the WHO work in this area. We welcome the proposed draft decision in EB142/CONF./6, and support most of the amendments in it. However, we would like to propose a few minor amendments to two of the proposed amendments.

In PP1, we recall that the contents of the three decisions by the Convention on Biological Diversity have not been considered by the governing bodies of the WHO, and therefore we propose to delete them. That is, from the words “as well as decisions…” all the way to and including the words “across sectors”.

In OP1, we propose a few words to be changed to address health effects of climate change simultaneously in both small island developing states and in other vulnerable states. We propose:

1) the word “initially” to be replaced by the word “both”.

2) The word “subsequently” to be deleted.

3) The word “settings” to be replace by the word “states”.

Would you like me to read out the full paragraphs as they would be when amended?

Thank you chair!


Taking note of the report on health, environment and climate change,1 the commitment by the Director-General “to address health effects of climate change in small island developing States and other vulnerable settings” as platforms within the draft thirteenth general programme of work 2019–2023, and the launch of that initiative at the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Bonn, Germany, 6–17 November 2017), also welcoming the United Nations Environment Assembly resolution UNEP/EA.3/L.8/Rev.1 on environment and health; as well as decisions XII/21, XIII/3 and XIII/6 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on health and biodiversity, and mainstreaming biodiversity within and across sectors; [Mexico] decided to request the Director-General:


To develop, as a priority and in consultation with Member States and other stakeholders as appropriate, and in coordination also with the regional offices, a draft action plan for the platforms to address health effects of climate change initially both in small island developing States and subsequently in other vulnerable settings states [Fiji] and to submit the draft action plan for consideration by the Seventy-second World Health Assembly in May 2019, through the Executive Board at its 144th session in January 2019; [EU]

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