Climate Resilient Health Systems Initiative


  • The Climate Resilient Health Systems Initiative under the Adaptation Action Coalition was launched on May 2021 as part of the 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD XII).

About Climate Resilient Health Systems Initiative

  • Climate change increasingly places stress and shocks on the capacity of health systems to prevent, adapt and respond to increased health risks and can also be impacted by shocks posed by increased weather events. In order to protect the health of populations from the effects of climate change and avoid widening health inequities, countries must build climate resilient health systems.
  • The Climate Resilient Health Systems Initiative will support the goals of the Adaptation Action Coalition by addressing the health impacts of climate change while strengthening health resilience.

    Climate Resilient Health Systems Initiative
    Credit: WHO
  • The initiative has a clear vision: to ensure that by 2030 all health systems worldwide have strengthened resilience against climate impacts.
  • Governments can join the initiative by committing to conduct climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments (V&As); develop a health National Adaptation Plan (HNAP); or by allocating, or applying for, climate finance for health action. In addition to commitments under the AAC, governments are encouraged to develop an action plan or roadmap for achieving a sustainable low carbon health system that minimizes climate impacts and increases resilience.

About the Petersberg Climate Dialogues

  • The Petersberg Climate Dialogue series was launched in 2010, after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, and has been hosted annually by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The Dialogues facilitate open discussions in small groups on key issues in international climate policy.

About the Adaptation Action Coalition

  • The Adaptation Action Coalition, formed in January 2021, builds on the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit (UNCAS) ‘Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience’. Founded in partnership with the UK, Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia, the Coalition aims to build momentum and accelerate action to adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.


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