“Climate change and health” on WHO list of urgent health challenges


The World Health Organisation has released a list of 13 urgent global health challenges for the next decade.

This list reflects a deep concern that the world’s leaders are failing to invest enough resources in core health priorities and systems. The 13 issues are not listed in order of priority as they are of equal importance and many are interlinked:

  • Elevating health in the climate debate
  • Delivering health in conflict and crisis
  • Making health care fairer
  • Expanding access to medicines
  • Stopping infectious diseases
  • Preparing for epidemics
  • Protecting people from dangerous products
  • Investing in the people who defend our health
  • Keeping adolescents safe
  • Earning public trust
  • Harnessing new technologies
  • Protecting the medicines that protect us