What is the role of international organisations and the government in the fight against climate change and global warming?(in relation to healthcare).

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When talking about response to climate change,I think that the personal response comes first after which the community response and international response follow. This is my simple personal classification of stages of response to extreme weather. The personal response starts when an individual becomes aware of the effect of climate change on his or her environment. The community stage begins when a large number of people who have undergone the personal stage come together and take collective action in respect to the issue of climate change. The international response invoves the collective effort of many communities of people. It is important to note that each of the responses stated is more effective thn the last. This implies that the responses increase in effectiveness from the personal to the international stage for a number of reasons.

Many international organisations have made immense impacts and contributions to the fight against the issue of climate change. A good example is the United Nations Framework on Climate Change(UNFCCC). The UNFCCC, Article 1, paragraph(1) states need to minimise adverse effects on"natural and managed ecosystems or on the operation of socio-ecomomic systems or on human health and welfare". The World Health Assembly Resolution WHA/61.R19, requests WHO to develop capacity to assess the risks from climate change on human health and to implement effective response measures, and support countries through Awareness raising, Partnership, Evidence, and health system strenghtening.

-UNFCCC provides international framework for climate action, with health as a key justification.

-"One-UN" country teams implement health adaptation projects.

-Establishment of networks of health NGOs campaigning on climate change.

Many governments or also play a significant role in the fight against climate change. In most African countries, the governments have requested international support supplement their efforts in the fight against climate. For example:

-193 countries endorse the WHA resolution calling for an action to protect health from climate change.

-95% (39/41) of National Adaptation Programmes of Action(NAPA's) from least developed countries identify health as a priority sector affected by climate change.

With only these few points I think that the impact of government and international organisations can be termed indispensable. It is also important to remember that personal efforts against climate change are our responsibilities.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    23 Apr 2020

    This is a detailed post that explains the different stages of response well. Where do you think the impact could be greatest? An individual, community, government or international level?

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  • global-conversation.png warm_engineer | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    23 Apr 2020

    Government or international level
    Since the international level involves the effort of different communities of people

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    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ the BNC
      warm_engineer's comment 23 Apr 2020

      Can anyone explain what the UNFCCC is or can you do some of your own research and report back with what you found out?

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      1. global-conversation.png intelligent_power | The English School Fahaheel | Kuwait
        Molly @ the BNC's comment 24 Apr 2020

        The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty adopted on 9 May 1992. The purpose of the UNFCCC was to stabilize greenhouse gas concentration level in the atmosphere. The framework sets non-binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual countries and contains no enforcement mechanisms. Instead, the framework outlines how specific international treaties may be negotiated to specify further action towards the objective of the UNFCCC.

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        1. tom Tom @ the BNC
          intelligent_power's comment 24 Apr 2020

          Please always write in your own words!

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  • global-conversation.png congenial_journalist | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    23 Apr 2020

    1. The fight against climate change,. I think first me myself l have to react before the internation response and take care of it. Also community will also response about extreme climate change and take precautions about the climate change like ripairing darrianged bringes. The international response then involve the community to be aware about climate change and comtribute to finght against the issueof climate change like in our country Kenya flood destruction in many place like west pokot and tana where international organisations taking places to help the people from flood who are homeless like AMREF and who they develop capacity on how to assess the risks from climate change on human health and to implement serious response measure and provide medicine and food to the people affected NGOS also mobilize people on climate change by Establishing network of health centre which are mobile to the places affected by flood.
    2. I think that impact of goverment and international organisations can not be given all responses of climate change it is also important even us to fight against climate change it is our responsibity.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      congenial_journalist's comment 24 Apr 2020

      Lots of good reasons given here for your opinion! Who has most responsibility to fight climate change?

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  • global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    24 Apr 2020

    The fight against climate change is you, me,the community, government and the international level.
    First lam the one to take the initiative to fight climate change as an individual to level it in my best ability.
    Secondly the community we join together come up with solutions on how to fight the climate change .
    Thirdly the government once the community is not able to fight it in completion the government take the responsibility to fight climate.
    Fourthly the international level it would come with good intitiative and very precise action to fight climate change they play a big role in response to climate change .
    The one who has most responsibility to fight climate change is the international level ,you maybe wondering why l choose the international level because they will have many ways to fight it as most organisations will come up with solutions ,l believe they have the most responsibility to fight climate change
    Thanks for reading

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      ethical_conversation's comment 24 Apr 2020

      What would a good initiative look like?

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      1. global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 24 Apr 2020

        It would like taking part and looking for solutions to fight the climate change

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  • global-conversation.png awesome_robin | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    27 Apr 2020

    I also think that it's everybody's responsibility to help stop climate-change. It's working together that we can stop fast climate-change. yes,if the world becames a better and beutiful , it becomes beutiful for us. Fast climate-change leads to extreme weather and extreme weather is not good for me and you. It by working hand in hand that we can stop extreme weather.first let stop pollution. Second, let us clean our environment. Let people know that lettering isn't a good thing to do and keep ourselves safe. Thank you for reading

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  • global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    13 May 2020

    Some of our organisations are so self-centered that they don't see the problems of their people

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      invigorated_chicken's comment 13 May 2020

      Can you be clearer on who you mean, invigorated_chicken?

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