Gender, Health, and Climate
The United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage takes place on September 23. On the same day, the United Nations also hosts the 2019 Climate Summit, focused on the tools, vision, and the political will necessary to move forward on ambitious climate action. While the two meetings take place separately, it is essential to embrace the nexus of climate change and health to achieve these collective global goals.
This event brings together experts to consider an additional dimension of these movements: gender. For example, a robust body of knowledge and practice already exists under the Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) framework. This work aims to conserve biodiversity and improve the management of natural resources to benefit local communities, while simultaneously addressing health needs and, in particular, the sexual and reproductive health of these communities. Panelists will discuss how the PHE framework has informed their approach to these issues, along with their experience more broadly working at the intersection of health, climate change, and gender.
- Cara Honzak is the senior technical advisor for population, health, and environment at Pathfinder International.
- Emily Mendenhall is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program in Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
- Jem Porcaro is the lead energy access specialist at Sustainable Energy for All.
- Dymphna van der Lans is the chief executive officer of the Clean Cooking Alliance.
- Roopa Dhatt, executive director of Women in Global Health, will offer opening remarks and serve as panel moderator. Maeve McKean, executive director of the Global Health Initiative, will provide closing remarks.
This event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Women in Global Health. During the 2019-2020 academic year GHI programming is focusing on the global health implications of climate change.