October 16, 2023
The World Health Organization (WHO), WIPO and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will hold the 10th Joint Technical Symposium on “Facing the Future: Human health and climate change” on 14 November 2023, at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG). The deadline for registration is 10 November.
The impact of climate change on human health, especially among the world’s most marginalized populations, is a devastating reality that warrants urgent and unified action. The three collaborating organizations aim to assist members in making effective use of public health, trade and intellectual property (IP) tools and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change and address its impacts on human health.
The three Directors-General from the WHO, WIPO and WTO will open the event. They will highlight each organization’s contributions towards mitigating climate change to promote human health; and review lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, including if and how those may be applied to climate change. They will further present how the Trilateral Cooperation can assist members to strengthen the understanding on the intersections between public health, trade and IP and to develop evidence-based approaches to effectively address the health climate nexus. The keynote address will expose the impact of climate change on human health and connect it with actions and discussions taking place at the international level.
The Symposium will have three panel discussions:
Participation in the Symposium is open to the public. Online registration is open until 10 November 2023. In-person attendance at the UNOG (Palais des Nations, Room XVII) is subject to availability of space. A light lunch will be served outside the room. Registered participants without United Nations accreditation must present an official and valid form of identification. The Symposium will be held in English only.