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[Registration Closed] (Webinar) Towards a Healthier Planet: Integrated Strategies for Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation and Public Health in National Health Systems (January 19, 2024)

[Registration Closed] (Webinar) Towards a Healthier Planet: Integrated Strategies for Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation and Public Health in National Health Systems (January 19, 2024)

As the climate change intensifies, its ramifications on global health are becoming increasingly evident. The recent announcements by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) underline the urgency of the situation. Describing July 2023 as likely to “shatter records across the board,” Guterres warned that the “era of global boiling has arrived.” The WMO confirmed this by stating that the first three weeks of July were the “warmest three weeks ever observed in our record.” These alarming developments of climate change, including record-high ocean temperatures and a decade-on-decade warming trend, necessitate an accelerated and comprehensive response by each nation’s government. Furthermore, at the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a historic first “Health Day” was held on December 3rd. During this event, the “COP28 Climate and Health Declaration” was adopted under the signatures of 143 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.

Under these circumstances, several nations have been prompted to integrate their healthcare systems into broader national climate action strategies. The UK’s “Greener NHS,”and France’s “Feuille de route Planification écologique du système de santé” serve as pioneering blueprints. Each program outlines ambitious goals for reducing the healthcare sector’s carbon footprint, covering aspects like sustainable facilities, waste management, and innovative care models.

Committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, Japan can no longer afford to exclude healthcare from its climate action plans, especially as its population is aging rapidly and increasingly depending on services in healthcare, medical treatment, and elder care. Learning from countries mentioned above that have set ambitious goals, Japan is now being called upon to integrate a focus on public health into its “Basic Policy for Realizing GX.” The aim of the upcoming meeting is to discuss a framework for reducing carbon emissions from healthcare facilities, optimizing supply chains from R&D to manufacturing and service delivery, and incorporating sustainable models, thereby serving as a catalyst for future discussions.

Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) Planetary Health Project aims to “transform a year of scorching heat into a year of burning ambition,” as suggested by UN Secretary-General. The institute is working on a comprehensive set of guidelines that crosses ministerial barriers to align Japan’s goals of carbon neutrality with its healthcare objectives. On September 21, 2023, the Japanese government also issued a new political declaration concerning Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which is one of its diplomatic priorities. By incorporating a climate crisis perspective into Japan’s publicly advantageous healthcare system, there is growing expectation that Japan can become a leader in ushering in a new era of climate action. It aims to unify the efforts of corporations, municipalities, regions, and healthcare institutions to create a sustainable and resilient healthcare system.

 

[Event Overview]

  • Date & Time: Friday, January 19, 2024; 18:30-19:55 (Japan)/10:30-11:55 (France)/9:30-10:55 (UK) 
  • Format: Online (Zoom Webinar)
  • Participation Fee: Free
  • Languages: Japanese and English, with simultaneous interpretation
  • Organizer: Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)
  • Co-organizer: The Embassy of France in Japan, The British Embassy Japan, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) Global Health Innovation Policy Program (GHIPP)

[Program] (Titles omitted)

18:30-18:35 Explanation of Objectives

Joji Sugawara (Vice President, Health and Global Policy Institute)

18:35-18:40 Opening Remarks

Masakazu Hamachi (State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare)

18:40-19:05 Keynote Speech 1: Case Study from England “Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service”

Sarah Ouanhnon (Head of Net Zero Delivery and Partnerships, Greener NHS, NHS England)

19:05-19:30 Keynote Speech 2: Case Study from France “Roadmap Ecological Planning of the Healthcare System”

Hélène Gilquin (Project Manager, the French Ministry of Health)

19:30-19:50 Expert Comments and Q&A Session

19:50-19:55 Closing Remarks

Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute)

 


■Profile:

Sarah Ouanhnon(Head of Net Zero Delivery and Partnerships in the Greener NHS Programme at NHS England)

 Sarah has led a variety of large-scale change programmes to optimise delivery of care in primary, acute and community care settings. Building on her expertise in population health management, she has also helped support the design of more integrated care across settings. For the past 10 years Sarah has worked for a range of organisations within care provision, the pharmaceutical industry and consulting, in the UK and the French healthcare systems. Keen to address the threat that climate change poses to population health and to tackle growing health inequalities, Sarah joined the Greener NHS programme in January 2021, where she leads the delivery of the NHS net zero commitment across Supply Chain and Medicines.  Her recent work includes the implementation of the NHS policy for high quality low carbon respiratory care, the development and implementation of the NHS Net Zero Supplier Roadmap, outlining requirements of NHS suppliers for the next ten years and the collaboration with the WHO and other healthcare systems to accelerate the decarbonisation of global healthcare supply chains.

Hélène Gilquin (Project Manager, the French Ministry of Health)

Hélène Gilquin is a graduate of Sciences Po, where she obtained a master’s degree in government affairs. She joined the French Ministry of Health five years ago. Since November 2022, she has been in charge of the interministerial ecological transition plan for the healthcare system. The Hospitals Department, where she works, is in charge of steering and deploying the various commitments made by the Minister of Health in 2023 to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by five percent a year. France’s healthcare sector accounts for over 8% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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