Conference organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 12 February 2013
Both non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and climate change are enormous threats to global health - synergies attempting to tackle these major health threats have received limited attention to date. The increasing burden of NCDs poses an enormous threat to populations and health systems across the globe. At the same time, the impacts of climate change are predicted to have profound public health effects and there is an urgent need for transition to low-carbon economies. Although important synergies exist in the causes and efforts to tackle these major health threats, these have received limited attention to date. EPHA was present and identified four key areas outside the health sectors which have crucial impacts both on climate change & NCDs.
The conference aimed to share information between those groups with an interest in NCD and sustainability and to identify common causes and inter-linkages.
The event brought together policy makers, NGOs and researchers to better understand each others’ perspectives and to help contribute to joint strategies.
Bringing the NCD and low carbon agendas together – important findings
Research and policy actions that achieve dual goals – messages of speakers
Four key policy sectors identified to reduce both NCDs and greenhouse gas emissions
Health co-benefits of the low-carbon economy can be achieved as a side effect of other policies, as follows:
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