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Jun 10, 2021

Global leaders unveil ‘Health & Energy Roadmap’

Foreign Affairs News Desk
World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva.
World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva.

Over 20 global leaders have endorsed today a Strategic Roadmap on Health and Energy at the first meeting of the High-Level Coalition on Health and Energy, convened by the WHO Director-General.

The Roadmap identifies key steps to accelerate access to clean and sustainable energy for public health protection and serves as a call to action to increase commitments, mobilize resources and put enabling frameworks in place. 

The absence of clean and sustainable energy has a significant adverse impact on the health and livelihoods of the poorest populations.

WHO estimates show that in 2019, 2.6 billion people were exposed to high levels of health-damaging pollutants due to the lack of access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking.

This causes up to 4 million deaths annually from non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancers, chronic lung disease as well as pneumonia. The use of inefficient and polluting cooking in households is a health risk for all, but it is a particularly important source of disease in women, children and infants. 

At the same time, an estimated 1 billion people globally are still served by healthcare facilities without electricity.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the first face-to-face meeting of the High-Level Coalition on Health and Energy where the strategic roadmap was endorsed. 

All Coalition members have confirmed their commitment to jointly accelerate much needed progress to improve public health through access to clean and sustainable energy. 

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