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The WFPHA has written a letter to the Pacific Island Forum to express support of the recent Nadi Bay Declaration by the Pacific Island Development Forum declaring a Climate Change Crisis in the Pacific. 

In this letter, the WFPHA:

  • Recognizes the vulnerability of Pacific Island Nations to climate change and urges the Forum to keep climate change at the forefront of discussion.
  • Supports the call to urge States to meet their emission goals as described in the Paris Agreement.
  • Supports the call to cease the opening of new coal mines and phase out existing coal production, especially in Australia.

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The WFPHA is supporting the international humanitarian initiative led by IPPNW that produced the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). 

Adopted on 7 July 2017 by 122 United Nations Member States, the TPNW represents a major step forward in preventing the catastrophic health impacts of any use of nuclear weapons. 

Our current task is to ensure that the treaty enters into force and becomes international law as soon as possible. To date, the TPNW has been signed by 70 States and ratified by 23, and will enter into force after its 50th ratification. 

We hope for a world free of nuclear weapons and believe that our actions as representatives of the health profession can make a big difference in this crucial debate. 

Click here to read the joint statement co-signed by our partner organizations in this endeavor, the World Medical Association (WMA), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

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The success of antimicrobial drugs has led to their widespread overuse and misuse in humans, animals and plants.

When microorganisms are exposed to antimicrobial drugs, they can develop adaptations to survive drug exposure and defeat the drugs designed to destroy them. The accumulation of these adaptations can lead to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Moreover, the complex international concerns over AMR may endanger the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, placing AMR as a global public health challenge.

For this reason, multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder approaches are needed. The Global Charter for the Public’s Health, developed by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in association with WHO, is introduced as a tool to tackle AMR. The Charter indicates capacity, governance, information and advocacy as the four enablers of public health functions (prevention, protection and promotion).

The findings and strategies to offer ways to reduce AMR are reported in the journal BMC Public Health.

“The global public health voice should lead the current policy discussions in the field of AMR”.  Thus, the WFPHA Call, signed by around 70 national and international organizations demand that all sectors keep public health at the centre of policies and research. “The Global Charter for the Public’s Health can pave the path to coordinate the key initiatives that incorporate acting from the individual empowerment to good governance for effective global action.”

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The WFPHA has written a letter to the mayor of Madrid to support the position of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS).

In this letter, the WFPHA expresses concern regarding the negative impacts of reversing the policy on air pollution on the health of people.

The WFPHA supports the request from SESPAS asking to keep the measures that were already implemented. The WFPHA also asks for developing new policies to reduce air pollution and its risk for the public’s health. 

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