World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Climate change is a significant and emerging threat to public health, and changes the way we must look at protecting vulnerable populations. WHO has an active and long-standing programme on protecting health from climate change, guided by a World Health Assembly resolution. Through its country, regional and headquarters offices, WHO provides evidence and supports capacity building and implementation projects to strengthen the health system response to climate change, and to ensure that health is appropriately considered in decisions made by other sectors, such as energy and transport. The Organization also provides the health-sector voice within the overall UN response to this global challenge.

In line with the World Health Assembly resolution on integrating gender analysis and actions into the work of WHO, the climate change and health work also promotes the consideration of different vulnerabilities, capacities and strengths of women and men when tackling the adverse health effects of climate change and building resilience of the health systems.