International-Lawyers.Org participated in the 138th Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland calling for WHO’s Secretariat to present the Workplan on Climate Change and Health that it was asked to present last year by its Member States, but failed to present.
At the at the Executive Board held in January 2015 the item of health and climate change was removed from the World Health Assembly’s agenda under the false pretext that a Workplan on Climate Change and Health had been adopted. In reality the WHO’s Secretariat had presented only the elements of a Workplan on health and climate change (WHO Doc. EB136/16), i.e. a broad sketch of a what could possibly go into a Workplan. There had been no discussions with States or stakeholders. Furthermore, the process appears as secret as the talks to arrive at the Paris Agreement at COP21 when the French Presidency manipulated the climate change outcome and pushed through an grossly inadequate accord (See INTLawyers video at https://vimeo.com/151222669). INTLawyers called on WHO to work closely with a variety of stakeholders i 2016 to develop the elements it had presented in an inclusive and transparent manner in which States, civil society, and all relevant stakeholders are able to provide their inputs into the final Workplan.
For more information, please read: INTLawyers Statement on CC & Health, v1 (1)
Also please watch this video: International-Lawyers.Org representative Ms Karen Wang’s intervention on climate change and health at the 138th Executive Board meeting of the World Health Orgnanization in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, evening 27 January 2016