Healthcare development should be aligned with climate policies: Mohieldin

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Oct 2022

Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt, stressed on Monday that the relationship between public health and climate action is a reciprocal one.

UN Climate Change High Level Champion for Egypt Mahmoud Mohieldin


Mohieldin, who is also the UN special envoy on financing the 2030 sustainable development agenda, made his remarks during a discussion session on the relationship between climate change and public health and its impact on the economies of countries, according to a statement released by his media office.

The alignment of health and climate policy is in line with the holistic approach adopted by Egypt’s presidency of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), set to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh 6-18 November.

Climate action cannot be reduced to just decarbonisation, but must be dealt with within the framework of sustainable development goals to empower economies and societies, he added.

The climate champion stressed the need to achieve a balance between climate action and public health so that resources are not directed to the health sector at the expense of climate action, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mohieldin said that UN reports indicates climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from 2030 to 2050. 

He also stressed the need to develop comprehensive healthcare and health insurance systems given that 930 million people around the world spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets seeking healthcare during catastrophes.

The climate champion also stressed that governments need to take environmental considerations into account when developing the health sector, which contributes 4.4 percent of net harmful emissions.

In this regard, hpraised the role played by the World Health Organization (WHO) in aiding governments to develop their health systems.

The climate champion stressed that the COP27will prioritise implementing pledges through application, investment and projects.

The climate champion explained the need to integrate regional dimensions into climate action, especially in light of the sharp decline in international cooperation.

Mohieldin said the Egypt has been localising climate action by bolstering investments in green projects through the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects (NISGP).

According to Mohieldin, 6,000 projects have been submitted to the NISGP so far.

Mohieldin concluded his speech by stressing the need to increase climate finance in order to ensure the success of implementation in climate action.

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