Articles 1 and 4 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change charter make specific reference to human health, and the importance of seeing health as part of the broader need for bold action on climate change. To go one step further, we need to think of improving health as a key part of sustainable development, and a powerful indicator of poverty reduction.
For a week I have been trying to put my finger on the cause of the fog that I feel at COP18.
Durban felt better than Doha. There is a lingering feeling that something vital is missing, and I’m sorry to say that I am underwhelmed because of it. To be fair, last year was my first COP, and there’s always something extra special about the initiation experience because the future experiences tend to have diminishing returns.