During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has shown its capacity to mobilize and act in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis. How can we build on this momentum to address the challenges arising from the threat of climate change and its impact on our health?

In the lead up to COP26, Health and Human Rights in the Climate Crisis: Charting Challenges and Solutions will showcase the research, policies and practice of experts in the fields of public health, climate science, law and human rights to support global developments to address climate change. Drawing on our shared experiences of increasing climate threats — including fire, floods and temperature rises — the conference will serve as a call to global governments to take urgent steps that recognize the link between the increasing burden on under-resourced public health systems, the exploitation of the natural world and altered climatic conditions. The conference will comprise a series of keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops over Oct. 20–28, 2021 (PDT), and will be of interest to frontline health workers, human rights advocates, medical professionals, academics, researchers, policy advisors, NGOs and media professionals.

The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, in partnership with the UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute and The George Institute for Global Health, is a proud co-organizer of Health and Human Rights in the Climate Crisis: Charting Challenges and Solutions. As part of the conference, on Oct. 21, USC IIGH Director Sofia Gruskin will host “Climate Change, Health and Human Rights: Discriminatory Impacts and Effective Responses,” a session on the impacts of climate change experienced by populations already suffering discrimination and marginalization, including indigenous peoples, minorities, migrants, LGBT communities, individuals with disabilities, and more. Featured panelists include: Rajat Khosla, senior director of research, advocacy and policy at Amnesty International; Mijin Cha, a globally recognized expert on the intersection of labor movements and climate change; and Noelene Nabulivou, an activist and spokesperson from Fiji on climate change, sustainable development and gender equality.

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