World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the world needs to promote peace and health in order to protect the planet and its people.
The world is facing conflicts, climate crisis, and Covid-19 and their effects pose a threat not just to health but also to peace and security.
According to the WHO director-general, the climate crisis also adds to the problems that need action.
‘’Similarly, the climate crisis probably remains the largest and most complex existential challenge of our time that needs unparalleled action. A heating world, in general, is bad for health, with seven million people dying every year just in connection with air pollution,’’ he said.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that ‘’this week, WHO released updated air pollution guidance, which highlights that more than 110 countries are now monitoring the air their citizens’ breath.
‘’It’s a good sign that countries are investing in this technology but the amount of pollutants in the air reveals the need for a transformative move away from fossil fuels, which for humanity’s survival must remain in the ground.
‘’With exponentially increasing fuel prices, leaders have a perfect opportunity to move rapidly toward renewable energy.
‘’There are lessons from the pandemic on how scientific innovation can save lives and protect health systems but only if everyone has access. This is pertinent for the climate space because it’s important to make plans now so that game-changing technology and know-how are shared effectively to help avert global calamity.
‘’Conflict, the climate crisis, and COVID-19 are all contributing to huge spikes in food and fuel prices, as well as inflation, which for many keep health out of reach.
‘’In the Horn of Africa and parts of the Sahel, famine is even potentially on the horizon. As part of any peace initiative, it is critical that ensuring access to quality and nutritious food is also a basic requirement, alongside other basic amenities like health and education. Whatever the crisis, I’m proud that WHO is always on the frontlines fighting to save lives and work toward health for all for everyone, everywhere,’’ he said.