The Latest from the World Health Organization

By: GABRIELLE RIVAS, Asahi Shimbun

World Health Organization has been working on the topic of “climate change” and as of now there are 9 working papers. Delegates have been merging groups and ideas while working on solutions to climate change. Their task has been to create a plan for the global community and improve climate change for the future of all countries.

During the last committee session delegates asked each other about their working papers and what solutions they had for improving climate change for the sake of health care. Delegates discussed programs for improving human health. Delegates shared their ideas with other blocs with concerns on community involvement, technology, protocols and ways climate change effects mental health.

Sweden is already familiar with ways of being more energy efficient and aware of greenhouse gas. A delegate from Sweden addressed the committee with ways Sweden has already adapted to climate change and how other countries can do the same. “sustainable houses funded by the government, eating seasonal food or local food and driving hybrid cars or by bike,” are ideas brought to the committee in the question and answer session.

Aside from ways nations can prevent harm to the environment delegates also discussed ways of accountability through citizens, government and businesses. Working Paper 1.1 described ways economic development can work with environmental issues to not only aid developing countries but allow companies to remain in business. “We do not want to punish companies for making a lot of money in developing nations but we want to punish companies where there is malpractice,” a delegate of Germany said.

While coming up with solutions one of the difficulties has been providing renewable energy for developing countries and those who have less resources. This makes the delegates such as the United States and Germany concerned with the economy as well as human health. While the focus of the committee is to be concerned about human health, delegates have included preventive programs to delay ongoing climate change but also adapting to current living conditions.

Along with health and climate, infectious diseases are included in the effort to improve the environment. The mosquito program was introduced by Working Paper 1.4 and is one that is well known and used to prevent mosquito borne illnesses. It involves the collaboration of communities in countries with few resources. Other initiatives also involved the collaboration of community and companies all in order to benefit citizens. Delegates will continue to work together to collaborate on prevention and solutions to climate change.

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