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India, ADB to set up climate change and health hub

  • Category
    Ecology and Environment
  • Published
    1st Sep, 2023

Context

According to the latest update, India is going to open a climate change and health hub in New Delhi in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

About

  • The new hub for climate change and health will facilitate knowledge sharing, promote partnerships and innovations, and also help countries beyond the G-20, especially developing countries.
  • In its recently released G-20 outcome document, India also noted that climate change will continue to drive health emergencies, including the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases, and by increasing the severity and frequency of natural disasters, thereby threatening to overwhelm health systems’ ability to deliver essential services.
  • The outcome document committed to:
    • prioritize climate-resilient health systems development,
    • build sustainable and low-carbon/low greenhouse gas (GHG) emission health systems and healthcare supply chains that deliver high-quality healthcare,
    • mobilize resources for resilient, low-carbon sustainable health systems, and
    • Facilitate collaboration, including initiatives such as the WHO-led Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH).
  • The new Climate Change and Health Hub in New Delhi will help countries all over the world to address to identify new drivers and address the existing drivers using a science and risk-based approach, and to strengthen existing infectious disease surveillance systems.

Significance:

  • Climate change affects all and this centre will give an opportunity to have different partners discussing this important issue and learning from each other.
  • In its recently released G-20 outcome document, India noted that climate change will continue to drive health emergencies, including the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases.
  • It will also increase the severity and frequency of natural disasters, thereby threatening health systems’ ability to deliver essential services.
  • Against this backdrop, there is need to enhance the resilience of health systems against the impact of climate change.

Asian Development Bank (ADB):

  • ADB (founded in 1966) is an international development finance institution.
  • Its mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.
  • Headquartered in Manila, ADB is owned and financed by its 68 members, of which 49 are from the region and 19 are from other parts of the globe.
  • The two largest shareholders of the Asian Development Bank are the United States and Japan.
  • ADB is an official United Nations Observer.
  • Voting rights in ADB are distributed in proportion with members’ capital subscriptions.

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