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Wopke Hoekstra, European Union commissioner for climate action, speaks next to and Spain Deputy Prime Minister Teresa Ribera during a plenary session at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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COP28 Health Day: A Watershed Moment for Climate and Health

| Jan. 02, 2024

Climate change is not just an environmental issue; it's a health crisis touching every corner of our cities and stretching to the farthest reaches of our planet. COP28 has acknowledged this by introducing the inaugural 'Health Day', integrating a crucial health perspective into the global climate dialogue. The groundbreaking 'COP28 UAE Declaration on Climate and Health', endorsed by 124 countries, highlights the urgent need to fortify healthcare systems against climate-induced health challenges, ranging from infectious diseases and air pollution to extreme heat.