COP28 Open Letter on fossil fuels from the Global Medical and Health Community
Keywords:Comments; open letter; fossil fuel; COP28
Dear COP28 President-Designate Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber,
This year, world leaders gathering in the UAE to take stock of their climate commitments will for the ﬁrst time engage in oﬃcial programming focused on health. We, the signatories of this letter, support your leadership in bringing health to the forefront at COP28.
As global health leaders, we are committed to achieving health and well-being for all; this is not possible without a safe and stable climate. The Paris Agreement enshrined the “right to health” as a core obligation for climate action. Yet, communities, health workers and health systems around the world already face the alarming impacts of a changing climate. Climate change-induced extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe; many countries are grappling with the health consequences of extreme heat, unprecedented storms, ﬂoods, food and water insecurity, wildﬁres and displacement.
For COP28 to truly be a “health COP”, it must address the root cause of the climate crisis: the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels including coal, oil and gas. We call on the COP28 Presidency and the leaders of all countries to commit to an accelerated, just and equitable phase-out of fossil fuels as the decisive path to health for all.
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