Press Conference at the World Health Organization

By Justin Doane (Reuters) 

BOSTON, Mass. (Reuters) – During the World Health Organization’s annual meeting in Boston, a press conference was held in order to debate the topic of climate change and possible solutions.

(To Russia) We have asked throughout the conference whether you would be willing to work with NGOs and we would like to know where this would be happening and what would be the limits you would be willing to work this to?


“As Russia we are looking to work with more NGOs as we get into a ore connected world. Currently, we aren’t very involved with NGOs but we would like to be in the future.”


We would like to know how the governments of your country will be taken into consideration, and the protections you could be placing moving forward when it comes to natural disasters.


“India is one of the most affected countries by climate change. The threat is actually very severe, because we have so many in our population. We have unveiled NAPCC, the National Action Plan on Climate Change.”


“Bangladesh is a country just like India that gets heavily damaged by the monsoons annually to the point that thousands of lives are being lost, and millions more displaced. What Bangladesh really wants out of this is for resolutions to involve immediate action plans to help the people who are affected instead of stranding them to fend for themselves and building poorly built structures that then get wiped out the next year.”


(To Kenya) Is water a public service that the people have a right to receive from their government, and if that’s true then why are people living in unrecognized communities disproportionally disadvantaged in regards to water access?


“Safe drinking water is a right for every single person and for the children of their life, so in countries like, for example, Kenya, we believe that safe drinking water is substantial for people’s life because it avoids communicable diseases or gastrointestinal diseases that really damages people’s lives.”


How will more developed countries who usually emit more greenhouse gases help less developed countries who are more vulnerable?


“For the delegation of Spain it’s very important to take into consideration that we at the WHO are not the only institution inside the United Nations that have tackled climate issues, so if we take into consideration the UNFCCC and treaties such as the Paris Agreement, we know that the way we are tackling emissions right now is through nationally determined contributions.”


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