MMI Policy Dialogue

The Covid-19 pandemic and climate emergency represent converging  crises and share common drivers. It is imperative that these crises are addressed in a comprehensive manner, while acknowledging public health needs and historic injustices, including gender inequity. Those who contribute least to climate change suffer most from its consequences, and they are likely to have the worst health outcomes.

Future health systems must be developed to mitigate the consequences of climate change and be adaptive to health and environmental needs.  Primary health care, essential public health functions, a skilled health workforce having decent employment and  universal social health protection are all crucial in mitigating the impact of climate injustices.  Health systems provide an important role in contributing to the social foundations in societies. At the same time they should become more sustainable, less polluting and “wasteful”..

This session of the MMI policy dialogues 2021 provided examples how international health organisations and health professionals can mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change.  Besides, it eanted to provide a platform for debate and action on how health professionals and organisations can contribute to a transformative coalition that challenges the drivers and powers behind the current climate and health crises. What is the role and potential of a health and climate coalition in transforming society towards ecological and economic justice?

Session documentation

Session overview

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Speakers and inputs/presentations

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Emerging MMI community of practice and reflection

Session contact

14-17 June 2021: MMI Policy Dialogues 2021

Monday, 14 June 2021, 14-16 hrs CEST
Business? As usual? Looking into the political economy
of digital health and international cooperation

Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 14-16 hrs CEST
Promote civic space at the WHO and other UN bodies and agencies
…and defend democratic multilateralism

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 14.30-16.30 hrs CEST
Health systems torn between health security and universal access priorities
– implications for international cooperation?

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 14-16 hrs CEST
Health and climate justice: Transformative cooperation and healthcare practice

Overview: here