There is increasing evidence for the adverse effects of climate change on health, both physical and mental, posing serious challenges to health gains made over recent decades. Climate change in the extended region of the Mediterranean-Middle East-North Africa is considerable, and affects health through multiple pathways, both direct (e.g. heat, drought, wildfires, flooding) and indirect, via disruption of ecological and socio-economic systems (e.g. air pollution, food insecurity, infectious diseases, migration).
To shine some light on these issues, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the Cyprus Institute and the Pathfinder Initiative organised 'Climate change and health: from impact to action', a side event of the Middle East North Africa UNFCCC Regional Climate Week that took place online on 28 March 2022.
Speakers shared outputs from a recent climate change initiative in the Eastern Mediterranean Middle East Region and addressed national climate-health effects, cross-border impacts, and their regional implications. They also explored how robust science can help to clarify attribution of impacts, and support climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions. In addition, the session explored opportunities to inform policy development at national and regional levels, and with neighbouring regions (e.g. EU, sub-Saharan Africa, Western Asia).
The recording of the session is now available on the IAP YouTube channel: