Summary for decision-makers to address gaps in climate science and services for health: 2023 State of Climate Services for Health Companion Document

Organization: WMO-WHO Joint Office for Climate and Health

Year: 2023

Fueled by climate change, more frequent extreme weather events and drastic environmental changes have a fundamental impact on human health and well-being. Tailored climate products and services can serve as a powerful part of the public health toolkit – enhancing our ability to detect, monitor, predict, and manage climate related health risks.

Among other targets, the draft COP28 Declaration on Climate and Health calls for improving the ability of health systems to anticipate, and implement adaptation interventions against, climate-sensitive disease and health risks, including by bolstering climate-health information services, surveillance, early warning and response systems and a climate-ready health workforce.

The 2023 WMO State of Climate Services for Health Report and the WHO-WMO Implementation Plan for Advancing Integrated Climate, Environment and Health Science and Services (2023-2033) outline the current gaps and barriers that must be urgently addressed to enhance the climate resiliency of the health sector.

This summary outlines critical investment areas to address the gaps in Climate Science and Services for Health.