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Ambassador Mostafa El-Sherbiny: At the World Conference on Health and Population, “Climate change is the greatest health threat facing humanity.”

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This came during the session of civil society associations of the World Conference on Population, Health and Development on the closing day of the conference, Friday, September 8, 2023, which was held under the patronage and presence of the opening session, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The World Conference on Population, Health and Development was held during the period from 5 to 8 September 2023, In Cairo, under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and headed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar

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A delegation of climate ambassadors attended, members of the Specific Union for Climate and Sustainable Development, Misr Foundation for Health and Sustainable Development, by Ambassador Mostafa Sherbiny and the Volunteer Team for Humanitarian Work, led by Dr. Mervat Rizk, Secretary General of the Specific Union for Climate and Deposit, Mahmoud Al-Dabaa, Executive Director of the Volunteer for Humanitarian Work, Dr. Omnia Qassem, Chair of the Health Committee, and Dr. Hala Waked, member of the Climate and Development Committee. Sustainable

Climate change affects health, adequate food, and safe shelter. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause about 250,000 additional deaths annually, due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress.
The costs are estimated in the billions in direct damage to health and sustainable development, excluding costs in sectors that determine health such as agriculture, water and sanitation
Areas with weak health infrastructure, mostly in developing countries, will be the least able to cope without assistance to prepare and respond.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through improved transportation options, food and energy use can lead to improved health, especially through alignment with international sustainability standards and climate notification assessment.

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The conference also comes as a renewal of Egypt's international commitments towards population issues, and an emphasis on its efforts to make the most of its demographic dividend. It will also serve as a global interactive platform for experts, policy makers, researchers and practitioners to exchange experiences and best practices and discuss the changing and interrelated relationships between health, population and development.
Ambassador El-Sherbiny also said that while no one is safe from these risks, the people whose health is being harmed first and worst by the climate crisis are the people who contribute the least to its causes, and who are least able to protect themselves and their families from it - people who suffer from extreme poverty. Because the poorest are largely uninsured, health shocks and stresses currently drive around 100 million people into poverty each year, with the effects of climate change exacerbating this trend.
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Climate change already affects health in countless ways, including by causing death and illness due to increasingly frequent extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, storms and floods, disrupting food systems, increasing zoonotic diseases, and food, water and sanitation shortages. vector-borne diseases, mental health issues,
Moreover, climate change is undermining many of the social determinants of good health, such as livelihoods, equality, and access to health care and social support structures. These climate-sensitive health risks are disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, including women, children, ethnic minorities, poor communities, immigrants or displaced persons, the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions.
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Ambassador El-Sherbiny said that the risks of the transition towards a low-carbon green economy associated with the transition may expose pharmaceutical factories, companies and health institutions to different degrees of financial and reputational risks depending on the nature, speed and concentration of the risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy, so it is necessary to agree with the IFRS standards of sustainability and climate. S1 S2 In a world focused on reducing carbon emissions, and with governments increasingly committed to transitioning towards low carbon economies, health organizations recognize the importance of developing transformation plans as an essential part of their overall strategy.

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