Linking climate and health

A large turnout highlighted the two-day first National Climate Change and Health Dialogue session held last week at the ICC in Majuro.

The first National Climate Change and Health Dialogue was held late last week at the International Conference Center (ICC) in Majuro, with President David Kabua attending the opening ceremony.

The dialogue was hosted by Ministry of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination, the University of Hawaii, the East-West Center, World Health Organization (WHO), and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The two-day meeting centered on climate change in the RMI and partnership approaches to improve investments to respond to climate change and health. The dialogue raised awareness of the state of knowledge of climate science, climate impacts, and adaptation for all stakeholders in the RMI, with an emphasis on the health sector.

During the opening, remarks were given by Minister of Health and Human Services Bruce Bilimon, Health Secretary Jack Niedanthal, World Health Organization Country Liaison Officer Dr. Eunyoung Ko, and East-West Center Research Fellow Professor Laura Brewington.

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