Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health

Healthy Planet, Healthy People

Mr. Christopher Corbin, Programme Officer for the Assessment & Management of Environmental Pollution and Communication Sub-programmes of the UN Environment Caribbean Environment Programme, is attending a series of four meetings, the Eighth (8th) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Annual Conference & Pre-Conference Sessions in Georgetown, Guyana beginning Sunday, April 23, 2017.

  • The Eighth (8th) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)on 23rd April 2017. 
  • Pre-Conference Sessions on Environmental Health on Water Resource Management’on 25 April 2017 and Sustainable Production and Consumption’ on 26th April 2017 which are being directly supported by the GEF CReW Project. The project promotes lessons learned and experiences on water and wastewater management. 
  • The 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference in collaboration with the Government of Guyana during 27-29 April 2017 entitled ‘Climate Change, the Environment & Human Health: “Healthy Planet, Healthy People.” See CARPHA Conference Flyer at the following link

The workshops seek to highlight and encourage the sharing of research focused on health and the environment.

This includes both natural and social aspects of the interaction between humans and the environment, considering climate change and climate variability. The workshops provides an opportunity for researchers to appreciate how their work can be applied and for data users to communicate their information needs while addressing developmental issues that affect our environment,  our health and well-being.

Regional Seas Programmes such as the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) and Secretariat to the Cartagena Convention partnered with the CARPHA to address the changing nature of public health and environmental health and associated environmental management challenges. Such cooperation will ensure that health policies are positively impacted and contribute to improving health, the environment and development prospects for Caribbean people.

CARPHA is mandated with the Caribbean Region’s collective response to strengthening and reorienting the current health system approach.

CARPHA  is equipped with the requisite skills, capacities and capabilities toassist Member States in addressing current and emerging public health, environmental health and environmental management challenges. A people-centred and evidence-based decision making approach is used to provide technical, guide Public Health Policy, Institutional Strengthening and Environmental Management in the Caribbean.  The priority areas of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH-IV) is adapted for the programmatic areas of the agency over the next 5 years.  They play a key role in supporting the Secretariat’s coordination at regional and global levels in the implementation of our work plan for 2017-2018.

The Secretariat will continue to work with CARPHA to provide greater technical support to countries as we respond to challenges of the environment and its impact on health within the region.

For more information about the work of UN Environment and CARPHA, please see here.