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Climate change is already having an impact on people’s health and health systems, directly and indirectly. Extreme weather events; growing heat stress; wildfires, floods and landslides; food and water safety and security threats; and the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, are expected to generate serious health risks and amplify existing health problems. To understand, anticipate and minimize the health threats caused by climate change, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, together with other key players in the field, are launching the European Climate and Health Observatory. The Observatory will be a first concrete deliverable of the European Commission’s new Adaptation Strategy, which was published on 24 February.

This Policy Dialogue, chaired by Annika Hedberg, Head of the EPC Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme, will promote discussion on the interlinkages between climate change and health, the goals and tools of the European Climate and Health Observatory, and how it can provide value for different users in the future. Taking part in the interactive panel discussion will be experts from observatory partner organisations and user groups.


Mauro Petriccione

Director-General, DG CLIMA, European Commission


Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director-General, DG SANTE, European Commission

Hans Bruyninckx

Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Ian Hamilton

Executive Director, the Lancet Countdown


Annika Hedberg

Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme, EPC

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