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COP21 Responding to Health and Data Challenges. Case for Climate Change and Atmospheric Pollution

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Date: 4 December 2015, 

Time: 10.00 – 16.00

Venue: INSERM, 101, rue de Tolbiac, 75013, Paris; 10th floor, room 132


On 25th September, at the UN Summit in New York, world leaders embraced a sweeping 15-year global plan titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and contained the agreement on a set of 17 goals and 169 targets that would come into effect on 1 January 2016. Health and climate change topics have their own dedicated Goals: Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, and Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Moreover, the aspect of health, environment pollution and climate permeate explicitly or implicitly other goals .


In a comprehensive, peer-reviewed and quantitative climate–health assessment to date, the World Health Organization (WHO) examined the global burden of disease already attributable to anthropogenic climate change up to the year 2000 . The study indicates that the climatic changes that have occurred since the mid-1970s could already be causing over 150,000 deaths and approximately five million 'disability-adjusted life years' (DALYs) per year through increasing incidences of diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and malnutrition that occur mainly in developing countries  .  It also estimates that the climate-change-induced excess risk of the various health outcomes will more than double by the year 2030.


In 2015, the WHO Executive Board endorsed a new work plan on climate change and health. This includes : 

Partnerships: to coordinate with partner agencies within the UN system, and ensure that health is properly represented in the climate change agenda. 

Awareness raising: to provide and disseminate information on the threats that climate change presents to human health, and opportunities to promote health while cutting carbon emissions. 

Science and evidence: to coordinate reviews of the scientific evidence on the links between climate change and health, and develop a global research agenda.

Support for implementation of the public health response to climate change: to assist countries to build capacity to reduce health vulnerability to climate change, and promote health while reducing carbon emissions. 



The French National Institut for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the French infrastructure BIOBANQUES in collaboration with ISC are holding a closed seminar in Paris to elaborate a position paper on this topic. The meeting will develop the following points:


- Translate national health data to evidence for policy making to meet the aims developed in the COP 21 Global Agreement. 

- Assess, combine and summarize health data from, environmental, infectious diseases and patient studies as well as longitudinal population cohorts.

- Bridging different scientific fields and setting up transversal studies

- Build the case for sustained action by estimation and compilation of the burden of climate changes and the main risk factors, the cost and cost-effectiveness of interventions, the unmet need for prevention and treatment services, and the need for interventions outside the health sector.

- Scaling up capacities 

- Exploring different models for scaling up activities and infrastructures 

- Assessing and redefining sustainable development for health

- Suggest strategies to implement capacity building in different countries



  1. Agenda







Prof. Robert Barouki

INSERM, France





Session 1: “Translating Health Data to Evidence for Policy Makers”

Moderator: Declan Kirrane, ISC

Introduction of speakers



“Bridging scientific fields and setting up transversal studies”

Dr Georges Dagher

Vice Chair of BBMRI-ERIC


INSERM, France




“Climate change impact on humans as a part of affected ecosystem”

Prof. Robert Barouki

INSERM, France





Atmospheric pollutants and allergic respiratory diseases 

Prof. Michel Aubier

INSERM, Bichat Hospital, Paris, France



Environmental factors in liver diseases : biobanking as a hub for integrating massive data from heterogeneous sources

Dr Bruno Clément

INSERM, Rennes University, France



“Urban Health and Wellbeing : systems data to policy”

Dr Charles Ebikeme

International Council for Science (ICSU), France



“Assessment and analysis of health data from environmental and infectious diseases and patient studies”

Prof. Kurt Zatloukal

BBMRI.at (Austrian node of the Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium)


Medical University of Graz, Austria


Conclusions Session 1

Declan Kirrane

ISC, Belgium




Lunch Break



Session2: “Climate Change Impact on Microbiome”

Moderator: Declan Kirrane, ISC

Introduction of speakers





“Impact of Climate on infectious diseases”

Dr Valerie Choumet

Institut Pasteur, France



“Atmospheric pollutants and lung cancer”

Prof. Paul Hofman

INSERM & Nice University, France






“Improving landscape and human health in sub-Saharan Africa through agroforestry’”

Dr Henry Neufeldt

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya



Coffee break


Conclusions Session 2

Mr Declan Kirrane




Q’s & A’s and Discussion

Mr Declan Kirrane







Dr Georges Dagher.

Vice Chair of BBMRI-ERIC

&  INSERM, France