Time To Adapt

Accelerating Climate Adaptation for Health Equity

The impacts of climate change on global health are unfolding at a distressing pace. Compromised food systems, widespread water shortages, and pollution are mounting pressure on primary healthcare infrastructure and deteriorating health outcomes globally. Furthermore, developing countries, despite having a minimal contribution to the global carbon footprint, are bearing the most severe consequences of these interconnected challenges. 

Addressing health effects caused by climate change will require collective mobilization, particularly with respect to funding. The health sector has not been a target of climate financing, with a negligible fraction of global health funding aligning with climate adaptation. A growing, multi-stakeholder push to rethink the global financial architecture, however, as proposed in the Bridgetown Initiative and addressed by the New Global Financing Pact Summit in Paris this June, presents an opportunity to integrate issues of health equity and health system resilience into broader climate action plans more directly.

Against this backdrop, Foreign Policy, Foundation S, and Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) will host a high-level event to spotlight the health challenges posed by climate change and to advance the conversation on the financing required to support climate adaptation in order to achieve health equity. The event will also launch an action report produced by the Collective MindS Climate Council, the think-tank of Foundation S. The report highlights the connection between climate change and health, and the importance of supporting locally led adaptation solutions to strengthen health resilience in the face of climate change.

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Event Details

New York City

Speakers Include

President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera

President, Republic of Malawi
Before joining frontline politics, Chakwera was President of the Malawi Assemblies of God from 1989 until he resigned on May 14, 2013 to contest i...
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Chrysoula Zacharopoulou

Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, France
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou is a medical doctor. Born in Sparta (Greece) in 1976, she holds both French and Greek nationalities and is a graduate of Sapienza University in Rome, as ...

Awa Marie Coll-Seck

Minister of State, Senegal
Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck chairs the National Committee of the Extractive Ind...

Dr. Vanessa Kerry

WHO Special Envoy for Climate and Health; CEO, Seed Global Health; Director, Global Public Policy and Social Change Program, Harvard Medical School
With 20 years’ experience in global health, Dr. Vanessa Kerry is the CEO of Seed Global Health, a non-profit focused on health systems strengthe...
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Anil Soni

CEO, World Health Organization Foundation
Anil Soni is the Chief Executive Officer at the WHO Foundation. A proven innovator in global health, he has worked for 20 years in the public, pri...

Holy Ranaivozanany

Head of Outreach, Advocacy and Partnerships, Africa-Europe Foundation
Holy Ranaivozanany is the Head of Outreach, Advocacy and Partnerships for the Africa-Europe Foundation. As a member of the senior management, she ...
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Holy Ranaivazanany1

Josep Catllá

Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Sanofi
Josep has 30 years of experience in the world of communications and public affairs/ government relations. He worked in the European commission in ...
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Josep Catlla Sanofi

Vanina Laurent-Ledru

Director General, Foundation S
Vanina is on a mission to create healthier futures for generations to come. Serving as the Director General of Foundation S - The Sanofi Collectiv...

Dr. Mayesha Alam

Dr. Mayesha Alam is vice president of research at FP Analytics where she oversees the research team and leads research development for clients and partners. She previously helpe...
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Mayesha Alam

Andrew Sollinger

Publisher & CEO, Foreign Policy
Andrew Sollinger is the publisher and CEO of Foreign Policy, which he joined in 2018. Previously, he was executive vice president at Business Insi...


Welcome Remarks
Andrew Sollinger, Publisher & CEO, Foreign Policy
Framing Remarks
Vanina Laurent-Ledru, Director General, Foundation S
Presidential Keynote
President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, President, the Republic of Malawi
Address from the World Health Organization
Dr. Ailan Li, Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage, Healthier Populations
Ministerial Keynote
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, France
Climate, Health, and Equity: Local Challenges and Solutions
Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of State, Republic of Senegal
Anil Soni, CEO, World Health Organization Foundation
Dr. Vanessa Kerry, World Health Organization Special Envoy for Climate and Health
Moderator: Dr. Mayesha Alam, Vice President of FP Analytics, Foreign Policy
Cross-Continental Alliances and Private Sector Imperatives
Josep Catllá, Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Sanofi
Holy Ranaivozanany, Head of Outreach, Advocacy, and Partnerships, Africa-Europe Foundation
Moderator: Andrew Sollinger, Publisher & CEO, Foreign Policy
Closing Remarks
Andrew Sollinger, Publisher and CEO, Foreign Policy