WEBINAR: Health and Climate Change: common challenges, common solutions?


Common challenges, common solutions?

Council of Europe Development Bank webinar

6 May, 14:30-16:00 CEST


Europe is currently facing a health crisis coupled with intensifying challenges brought about by climate change. 

The pandemic hit at the heart of existing social vulnerabilities in Europe related to the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases, population ageing and persistent inequalities. Compounding this is the fact that human health and well-being are intrinsically linked with the state of the environment, which in turn depends on human activity and life choices. 

This webinar explores:

  • how we can break the vicious circle of environmental degradation and declining state of health
  • what strategies and investments we need for healthier and more sustainable European societies post-pandemic


Moderated by Jelica Vesic, Council of Europe Development Bank Communication Officer

Introductory remarks by Monica Scatasta, Council of Europe Development Bank Director of Technical Assessment and Monitoring

Dr Ranieri Guerra, World Health Organization Assistant Director General for Special Initiatives, will present the lessons learnt from COVID-19 and the WHO Manifesto for a healthy recovery, with a special focus on interactions between climate change and health.

Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet Director, will present the interlinkages between climate, health and inequalities and explain how health-promoting approaches could help achieve better health and well-being for all.

Thomas Bignal, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) Policy Manager, will give an overview of climate change considerations within the social care sector.

Stefanie Matthys, European Network Architecture for Health (ENAH) Managing Director, will discuss the healthcare buildings of the future, outlining the importance of architectural solutions for better outcomes in terms of both health and environment.

Pascal Garel, European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) Chief Executive, will present the current landscape of environmental measures discussed and implemented by different hospital systems and healthcare providers across Europe.

Concluding remarks by Thomas Kergall, Council of Europe Development Bank Technical Advisor for Health and Social Care.

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