Jubilee conference in Madrid, 25 October 2023
60 years of medicusmundi Spain (FAMME)
and 60 years of Medicus Mundi International Network (MMI)

According to the World Health Organization, climate change is the greatest threat to health facing humanity. Taking up this challenge, health organizations and health professionals around the world are already trying to respond to the damage that this crisis is having on people and societies, including those who have contributed the least to its causes and those who are not equipped to protect themselves.

Scientific advances have allowed to clearly attribute a progressive increase in morbidity and mortality to human-induced warming, and to determine with great precision the risks and magnitude of these threats to health; threats that challenge international cooperation in general, and health cooperation and global health policy in particular, to reconsider how to deal with these threats in the short and medium term.

Prevention and healing have been both relevant in the 60 years’ work of MMI and FAMME. Applying these approaches to the field of climate change and health and considering what the situation will be in 25 years, the organizers invite participants to reflect on contributions of organizations working in the field of international cooperation and global health policy, such as the members of our Networks, to all levels (mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and response to loss and damage) of dealing with climate change and health.



In their opening remarks, representatives of the co-organizers and the WHO will position the issue of dealing with the climate crisis in the history, current environment and future of international health cooperation and global health.

  • María Neira, World Health Organization, Public Health and Environment Department
  • Cruz Cuevas, medicusmundi spain
  • Thomas Schwarz, Medicus Mundi International Network
Panel 1: Challenges for global health in a context of climate change crisis

In this panel, experts will reflect on global health actors engaged in the fight against the climate crisis, and what are the key elements we must incorporate in this context.

  • Ernesto Rodriguez Camino, President of the Meteorological Association of Spain
    How will the global climate and health situation be in 25 years?
  • Cristina Linares, Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change
    What role for global health governance in addressing the climate crisis
  • Remco Van de Pas, Centre for Planetary Health Policy
    Health models and climate change in the post growth era
  • Danny Gotto, Innovations for Development, Uganda
    Decoloniality: An African vision of global health and climate change
Panel 2: What role for international health cooperation in the fight against climate change?

In this panel, we will reflect about what particular role organizations engaged in international health cooperation shall play in addressing climate change. Based on experiences and cases presented, we will explore good practice and challenges, and how the practice of health cooperation can/shall be linked with global policy. The panel is prepared by the Community of Practice on Climate and Health Justice hosted by MMI, with FAMME as convener.

  • Jetina Tsivaki CESHHAR, Zimbabwe
    Experiences from Africa
  • Maria Angélica Toro: One health in Bolivia.
    Experiences from America
  • Alejandra Gimeno, ECODES, Initiative CeroCO2
    Experiences from Europe
  • Miguel Casado, Spanish Agency of Cooperation and Development-AECID
    Spanish cooperation contributions to global health and climate change.
  • Carlos Mediano, FAMME/MMI
    How to address climate change in international health projects: an experience from Senegal


Session recording on Youtube (Spanish): here
Report on the meeting in the FAMME newsletter (Spanish): here
Enqiries: Carlos Mediano and Teresa Rosario, federacion2@medicusmundi.es