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The stakes are incredibly high for health at COP27. But will global pledges pull through?

From drought in the Horn of Africa to floods in Pakistan, disease outbreaks and climate-related emergencies tag alongside a global food crisis made by worse by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. All add to the pressure for real action at the 27th U.N. climate summit.

Kheira Osman Yusuf, a farmer in northern Kenya, walks across a dried-up reservoir next to her land
Kheira Osman Yusuf, a farmer in northern Kenya, walks across a dried-up reservoir next to her land (AN/Mercy Corps)


Disease outbreaks and climate-related emergencies that fuel an ever-growing hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. Torrential monsoon rains in Pakistan that left millions at risk of drowning and malnutrition, and one-third of the country flooded. Increased carbon emissions and rising antimicrobial resistance that tag alongside a global food crisis – all made worse by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

These are some of today's health crises behind the urgent call for action among global health leaders at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP27, the two-week summit underway in Egypt's resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

"The climate crisis is a health crisis," said the World Health Oranization's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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