Climate Change Threatens Universal Health Coverage: A Call for a Joint Agenda


Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 4:30pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Club of New York City
Hospital flooding


Join us for an important conversation at the Harvard Club of New York City, in connection with the United Nations General Assembly, about how climate change threatens the tenents of Universal Health Coverage. We will also celebrate the release of a broader collection of articles on UHC by The BMJ and Harvard Global Health Institute.


Climate change directly threatens the basic tenants of universal health care coverage (UHC). We know that it causes negative health outcomes, health infrastructure disruption and workforce displacement. Yet there is little data - particularly in the low and middle income countries - describing the dual impact of climate change and low UHC coverage. In response, HGHI and The BMJ will be releasing results of a groundbreaking analysis on the intersection of climate change and health, culminating in concrete policy recommendations on how to optimize UHC while mitigating climate change. Please join us in what promises to be a novel, data-driven conversation on the need for a synchronized agenda between climate change and UHC and the consequences of inaction. 

Following a keynote and panel conversation, please join the Harvard Global Health Institute and The BMJ for a reception to celebrate the release of a special collection of articles focused on UHC. The collection features underexplored perspectives in UHC such as mental health and climate change; highlights the importance of quality in UHC, and uncovers some of the barriers to fulfilling the promise of health for all via UHC.

Confirmed speakers include:

Kamran Abbasi, Executive Editor, The BMJ

Ashish Jha, Faculty Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

Renee Salas, Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Global Health Institute

Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Kristi L. Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington