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Climate change, justice and public health (2021 EPH, EuroHealthNet Plenary)

12 November, 2021

Plenary 5: Climate change, justice and public health
Friday 12 November 2021, 16:20 – 17:20 CET

Organised by EuroHealthNet

Moderator: Caroline Costongs, Director EuroHealthNet


Recent events have put into sharp relief that the world is facing converging emergencies: health, rising inequalities, and climate change and environmental degradation.Tackling these challenges requires actions by governments, businesses, communities, and individuals, and concerted strategies across health, environmental, and social sectors. Public health has an important role to play in promoting health in a rapidly changing world, and in ensuring a broad approach to health which considers socio-economic and environmental determinants. This is particularly crucial to ensure that we achieve a net zero carbon economy while simultaneously addressing the social crisis we are facing and improving health and wellbeing for all: achieving a green, healthy and just transition, leaving no one behind regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and income and education levels.

On the closing day of the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26), this plenary will discuss the four COP26 goals of ‘Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance and Collaboration’, exploring how health and equity can be further mainstreamed within these climate actions. It aims both to inform and to inspire, raising awareness about the interconnected challenges we are facing as well as discussing solutions and actions at different levels that we all can be a part of to ensure the transformational change that is needed.


  • Maria Neira, Director, Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO
  • Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director European Environment Agency
  • Monica Scatasta, Director, Technical Assessment and Monitoring, Council of Europe Development Bank
  • Patrick ten Brink, Deputy Secretary General and Director EU Policy, European Environmental Bureau

More information is available here. 

European Public Health Conference 2021 & EuroHealthNet’s involvement

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the European Public Health Conference (EPH) are pleased to invite you to the 14th EPH conference. Co-chairs of the Congress are Anthony Staines and Regien Biesma-Blanco.

More information is available here.

EuroHealthNet organises and is involved in a number of sessions during the 2021 European Public Health Conference. Find more information here.

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