Addressing climate change
in health care settings
This paper is based on the deliberations and recommendations of the
World Health Assembly (See Assembly document WHA61/14 and reso-
lution WHA61.19), and WHO Executive Board Resolutions EB124.R5
on Climate Change and Health, as well as the World Health Day report
on Climate Change and Health (http://www.who.int/world-health-day/
WHO acknowledges the insight and valuable contributions to the
review of this discussion draft provided in particular by Connie
Matthiessen and Joshua Karliner from Health Care Without Harm who
prepared the initial draft.
Relevant WHO staff and other experts extensively reviewed this publica-
tion, WHO expresses its appreciation of the contributions made by the
following experts who assisted in reviewing the report:
From WHO: James Atkinson, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Carlos Dora,
Elaine Fletcher, Annette Kuesel, Nada Osseiran, Carmem Pessoa Silva,
From Health Care Without Harm: Gary Cohen, Nick DeDominicis,
Christian Farrar-Hockley, Robin Guenther, Anna Gilmore Hall, Jamie
Harvie, Genon Jensen, Anja Leetz, Paul Lipke, Pendo Maro, Peter Orris,
Ted Schettler, Ruth Stringer, Neil Tangri.
WHO’s Department of Public Health and Environment and Health Care
Without Harm developed this document and Susan Wilburn and Joshua
Karliner coordinated the work.
Design and layout by Kieran Daly and Parisa Damian of Winking Fish.
This paper is the first step in a WHO project in
collaboration with Health Care Without Harm
(HCWH) aimed at addressing the climate
footprint of the health sector.
A second step, to be taken together with
HCWH, the Health and Environment Alliance
(HEAL) and other intergovernmental and
nongovernmental organizations, will be a series of
consultations that will lead to the establishment of
a global network for climate-friendly health care.
The network will be a knowledge-base