Safeguarding Health from Climate Change: Uniting for Resilience and Action

Day 2 – Satellite Symposium – Vanke School of Public Health

Satellite Symposium – Vanke School

May 28, 2024

11.00 – 13.30

Event description

Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. It transcends environmental paradigms, encompassing vital public health dimensions. The escalation of extreme weather phenomena—heatwaves, floods, droughts, wildfires—ushers in substantial health risks to humanity. These climatic adversities disproportionately burden vulnerable communities and amplify existing health disparities.

This symposium convenes an alliance of global stakeholders: environmental health experts, climate scientists, public health leaders, government officials, and others, to share the latest knowledge and experiences. Together, we will discuss the health impacts of climate change, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations. We will also explore the adaptation and mitigation strategies within the context of carbon neutrality, aiming to safeguard population health and well-being. Moreover, by emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, we aim to cultivate innovative solutions for mitigating and adapting to the health risks of climate change throughout all stages of life, thereby strengthening resilience for a more robust and healthier future.


Margaret Chan

Vanke School of Public Health
Tsinghua University

Antoine Flahault

Institute of Global Health
University of Geneva

Andy Haines

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Maria Neira

World Health Organization

Ming Yang

Nature Medicine

Cunrui Huang

Vanke School of Public Health
Tsinghua University

John S. Ji

Vanke School of Public Health
Tsinghua University

Tamara Lucas

Consulting Editor at The Lancet
TAG-Ethics & Climate Health at WHO

Minghui Ren

School of Public Health Peking University

Jian Zhang

Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Tsinghua University

Kexin Liu

ESG and Sustainability lead, Philips China

Wannian Liang

Vanke School of Public Health
Tsinghua University

Notes to participants



Geneva Health Forum

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Established in 2006 by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) is a Swiss not-for-profit initiative that brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to discuss and address global health challenges.

The GHF plays a pivotal role in the global health landscape, as a neutral and inclusive platform, fostering dialogue and collaboration among key players in the field, including policymakers, representatives from academia, civil society, and the private sector.

Its core mission is to facilitate constructive dialogue among these global health actors, which, in turn, contributes to the improvement of health policies and access to care worldwide. The Geneva Health Forum proudly collaborates with some of the most prominent international organizations based in Geneva.