WHO international conference seeks consensus on public health recommendations for extreme weather events. Bonn, Germany, 29-30 November 2010

Preparing for extreme weather events

In 2009 the World Health Assembly called for intensified action to protect health from climate change. A European Framework for Action, developed by Member States in the Region for cooperation between environment and health to protect health from climate change, was welcomed by the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health held in Parma, Italy in March 2010.

This international conference aims to start putting the Framework for Action in practice through a review of the international experience in adaptation to climate change with a focus on extreme weather events. In particular, it will discuss preparedness and response to events which might become more intense and frequent under a changing climate such as heat-waves, floods and fires. Cold waves, which are hitting Europe every winter, will also be covered.

Participants, including experts from several areas and sectors (e.g. meteorology, disaster management, health facility preparedness, epidemiology and physiology, energy and water supply and housing) as well as by representatives from the European Commission, European Agencies, NGOs and other international partners, will share international and national experiences on preparedness and response plans for extreme weather events and public health advice and measures to protect health before, during and after such events.

The meeting is jointly organized by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), WHO/Europe and the German Weather Service (DWD).