Climate change is already one of the greatest threats to health across the world, and organizations working in the field of international health cooperation are challenged to deal with the climate crisis in two ways:

We need to critically reflect on our own contributions to the climate emergency , extending the “do not harm” principle to the planetary boundaries and to the ecological footprint of our work. And we need to extend the scope of our work to address, and transform, the broad converging fields of health, socio-economic injustices and climate change – at the level of people and their lives, emanating diseases, ecological degradation and national and international policies.

The workshop

In this workshop, we first provided a space for organizations working in the field of international health cooperation to reflect on your experiences and realities in a fields that calls for our urgent attention: the climate crisis threatening our lives, and what is to be done in the field of health cooperation. The workshop then addressed the following questions:

  1. Why is climate change of priority concern for (inter)national health organisations and cooperation?
  2. How are health organisations and cooperation impacted by climate change?
  3. What can health organisations do to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change?
  4. Which actors and networks are crucial to liaise with as to transform socio-economic and health systems to remain within the planetary boundaries?
  5. How would such a differentiated agenda look like across different contexts and countries (wealthy, impoverished)?
  6. What could be key topics for international solidarity and cooperation from a health and ecological justice viewpoint?

We invited participants to explore with us options for setting up a thematic community of practice and reflection to promote transformative policies and transformative practice in this challenging field.

Workshop programme
Google document

Workshop: Introduction and moderation
Thursday 29 April slides

MMI communities of practice and reflection
Health cooperation in challenging times
Transformative policies – transformative practice