A group of 50 countries, including Morocco, pledged to developing resilient, low-carbon health systems at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow (COP26).
These commitments were made as part of the COP26 health program, a partnership between the British government, the World Health Organization (WHO), the climate champions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and health groups.
Forty-five of these countries also pledged to transform their health systems to be more sustainable and low-carbon, while fourteen of them have set 2050 as a deadline to achieve net carbon emissions.
“The future of health must be based on health systems that are resilient to the impacts of epidemics, pandemics and other emergencies, but also to the impacts of climate change,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in this occasion.
Health systems must also be part of the solution, he said, by reducing carbon emissions.
“We welcome countries that are committed to building climate-resilient, low-carbon health systems, and we hope to see many more follow their example in the near future,” he said.
In addition to national commitments, 54 institutions from 21 countries representing more than 14,000 hospitals and health centers have joined the UNFCCC program and have committed to achieving carbon neutrality.