International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
11.6 Health, environment and climate change

It is a great honour to speak on behalf of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, which represents over 350,000 pharmaceutical students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide.

Threats posed by air pollution on health are undeniable, for current and future generations. Improving the quality of the air we breathe needs to be a public health priority all political agendas. We must stress the urgency of implementing a sustainable agenda in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, the Katowice implementing act and the vision for a climate-neutral globe by 2050.

IPSF, as a generation of future health professionals, is fully committed to this issue and believes that our duty of care is not restricted to future of our patients only, but also that of communities locally, nationally and globally. Moreover, IPSF actively emphasises the effect of climate change on health, including access to medicines and affordability. Introducing the role of pharmacists in every phase of prevention, and, also in emergency response must be considered.

IPSF urges WHO and Member States to promote climate change as a top priority. In particular, we are calling to strengthen the monitoring of air pollution, implementation of targeted policies, raise awareness and guarantee the protection of our vulnerable groups. IPSF acknowledges the direct attribute of human activity to climate change and therefore stresses the call for an action that brings collaboration and combined advocacy efforts, that target the general public.