WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas met the new director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss strengthening cooperation on issues relating to health, environment and climate change.
The meeting focused on expanded WHO-WMO collaboration on three key areas: support to climate adaptation with the expanded use of climate services and early warning for health; air quality, and vector borne diseases.
Two areas of geographic focus were noted of particular common interest: small island developing states and urban areas.
The two heads of agency noted that the successful WHO-WMO joint office on health and climate was an extremely helpful mechanism to build experience in best practices, share information rapidly between the two agencies, and maximize opportunities to integrate health in WMO programs and vice versa.
Another area of successful collaboration is the global platform on air quality and health.
The next steps will be to:
· Map out joint action plan between the two agencies for strengthened scientific and operational exchange
· Launch a new joint online platform Climate and Health Science Portal to make available evidence and tools of both organizations
· Further coordination through the Global Alliance on Health, Environment, and Climate Change
· Explore exchange of scientific briefings between the two agencies
WMO and WHO will work together at the forthcoming UN Climate Change conference in Bonn in November 2017, and WHO will provide input to WMO’s annual statement on the state of the global climate.