CAIRO - 8 October 2022: Under the auspices of the Ministries of Health, Youth and Sports, WHO and its partners are holding the First Youth Forum on Health and Climate Change on October 8-9.
The WHO said in a statement that it is the first global youth forum on health and climate change, in cooperation with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) and the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA).
The opening speech of the conference will be given by Dr. Umniah Al-Amrani, envoy of the COP27 Youth Climate Conference, and the forum's activities include a third day, details of which will be announced soon.
The forum aims to promote the active participation of youth in climate and health work, especially in light of the global preparations for the Climate Conference (COP27) that Egypt will host next November in Sharm El-Sheikh.
"Climate change affects health in many ways, either directly by causing death and disease from increasingly frequent extreme weather fluctuations, such as heat waves, storms and floods, disruption of food systems, and an increase in water- or food-borne diseases," she added. and affecting mental health or by negatively affecting many social determinants of health, such as equality and access to quality health care.
The Minister of Health and Population, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, stressed the need to define and involve young people in the issue of climate change and climate action, and to build on youth initiatives and theses to maximize the benefit from Egypt’s hosting of the Climate Summit and to produce strong results from this international event that translate on the ground towards preserving our planet.
He also pointed out the importance of this forum and the value of the joint efforts with various ministries and international bodies in unifying the directions taken to expand the scope of work towards focusing on addressing health challenges related to climate change, adapting to the consequences of the climate crisis, and responding to environmentally friendly health systems in providing safe health services.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports stressed the importance of raising awareness among youth and youth about climate changes through several programmes, projects and initiatives implemented by the Ministry in cooperation with various ministries and relevant authorities, noting the fruitful cooperation between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and various international organizations in order to achieve common goals to serve youth and citizens at various levels.
The Minister of Youth and Sports valued the idea of the World Youth Forum on Health and Climate Change, pointing to the follow-up to the results and outcomes of the forum and the study of its most prominent recommendations to prepare them in the form of verifiable programs on the ground, and implement them in cooperation with the Ministry of Health in this regard.
The representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, Dr. Naeema el-Gasseer, said, "Young people will have to live with the most severe effects of climate change, and therefore they have an effective and key role in facing the challenges of today and the future. We work at the World Health Organization with youth, with youth and for the sake of young people to rebuild better, healthier and more equitable After the Corona pandemic.
The forum will be held virtually and the forum participants will receive a certificate of participation from the World Health Organization.