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

PSI appreciates the opportunity to address the Health Assembly on this agenda item.
We welcome the Draft global strategy on health, environment and climate change and urge Member States to support it.
However, whilst noting improvements on the earlier draft discussed by EB144, we are of the view that we believe it could further underline the urgency of the climate crisis and interconnectedness of human and inter-planetary health with inclusion of insight from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s special report on “Global Warming of 1.5C”.
This would spur concern for more realistic targets as international commitments to reduce carbon emissions, aligned to the critical reality of today.
We agree with the importance of political will for tackling the existential crisis arising from global heating, and the need for broad societal awareness in this regard. The responsibility for this rests squarely with Member States.
We support the Draft’s call for adequate funding allocation. This must take into consideration inequalities in wealth across regions.
The principle of social and generational justice also requires that countries and companies contributing to global warming pay contribute significantly to mitigate the climate crisis, in our collective interest.