- Newsletter March 2017 - n°25
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Editor’s note

Exploring the Nexus with Health

Indeed, new common approaches need to be developed and a better understanding of the interrelations between various sectors should be promoted. We invite you to discover the added value of combining environmental goals with health targets and hope this will motivate you to discover how fascinating working on the nexus with other topics can be.
In this Newsletter, we explore the links of climate change and environmental issues with different health aspects. What additional co-benefits can be achieved by addressing air pollution not only from a health or from a climate mitigation point of view? What narratives can be developed jointly to mobilize more support and action to improve both health conditions and reduce global warming in a collaborative manner?
More and more people and institutions are realizing that tackling one issue alone doesn’t yield the expected results. The Sustainable Development Goals have paved the way for a more integrated understanding of necessary actions of everyone. This requires an open mind and the willingness to discover new and unfamiliar terrains.

Daniel Maselli, Senior Policy Advisor and Focal Point CC&E Network


Thematic Focus: Climate Change and Health
Changing patterns of pollution and disease – evidence and action needed

Currently we are witnessing a major epidemological shift from infectious diseases linked to poverty to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as ambient air pollution, soil metals and chemical pollution. SDC’s Global Programme Climate Change and Environment has already been very active for many years in establishing air pollution control in the building and transportation sectors in India, China and several Latin American countries, with the goal of supporting their transformation towards low-emission development pathways. Since determinants of health are increasingly receiving attention within SDC’s health engagement, there is a good chance that SDC will work even more closely on the interlinkages between environment and health in the future: on a global level through closer collaboration between the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment and the Global Programme Health; on the Swiss national level, by contributing to policy processes such as the current WHO European Environment and Health Process (EHP) and the upcoming Ostrava Ministerial Declaration; and finally also on a bilateral level, where in particular the issue of environmental health effects is addressed and related mitigation measures are introduced within the cooperation with Eastern Europe, (e.g. in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) in order to build resilient and environmentally friendly health Systems. Find here further readings on the nexus of climate change, environment and health.
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Special thanks

Karin Gross
on Thematic Focus "Health"

Liyan Wang, Huo Li, Jacqueline Schmid and Christoph Haemmig
on China project news

Jürg Staudenmann
on Alliance Sud position

Narcisse Gahi
on M&E approach

Andrea van der Elst

Perlyn Pulhin-Yoshida
on CDD Journal publication

Gabriele Müller
on MeteoSwiss news

Mohandas Manish
on news from India

Jon-Andri Lys
on news regarding climate change and health
News related to the thematic focus
  • Climate change and its impact on population health in southern China: implications for policy makers.
  • Health related issue released in January 2017 of the Climate, Disaster, and Development Journal is out! Toward developing a humanitarian crowdsourcing model: Enabling medical and disaster response through digital collaboration. The issue can be found in chapter 1.
  • Factsheet of the Swiss Academies on health and global change in an interconnected world - concerns and responsibilities for Switzerland.
  • Summary facts on climate change and health published by the WHO.
  • In November 2016 ProClim published the report "Brennpunkt Klima Schweiz". The report contains a chapter about climate change and health.
SDC funded Projects and Programs
  • News on the Jinsha River Basin (JRB) project - a Sino-Swiss cooperation aiming to foster integrated water resource management (IWRM), under the perspective of climate change and socio-economic and demographic development.
  • The energy access partnership Energising Development (EnDev) has reported its current goal achievements.
  • New article, co-authored by MeteoSwiss, published in Climate Services in December 2016 on SDC funded project CLIMANDES.
  • Fourth Annual National Workshop of Indian Himalayan States organized by the Indo-Swiss Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of SDC has taken place on 30-31 January, 2017.
  • New article on a study on the phenomenon of permafrost in the Himalaya region conducted by the IHCAP.
  • New publication on Building Design Guidelines for India within the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP).
  • The latest newsletter from the cooperation office in India can be accessed here.
  • The latest newsletter from the cooperation office in Peru can be accessed here. You may also subscribe for receiving the newsletter regularly.
Further News
We appreciate your feedback on how to improve this newsletter. Please also send climate change and environment relevant news you consider essential for the SDC to (CC&E Network Focal Point) or (Newsletter Editor) for the next newsletter! However, please note that we need to screen the news and make a selection. Help us in the pre-selection by already translating your articles to English, shortening, possibly simplifying texts, and adding links - that way you will have a greater chance of finding your news in the next newsletter.

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