WHO World Health Day: step up action to protect human and planetary health

Xinhua News Agency, Geneva, 7 April. On occasion of World Health Day on 7 April, World Health Organization issued a press release on 6 April urging everyone to take action to protect health of people and planet.

WHO World Health Day: step up action to protect human and planetary health

This is exterior of World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on May 20, 2021. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Chen Junxia)

This year's theme for World Health Day is Our Planet, Our Health. In communiqué, WHO pointed out several facts about close relationship between human health and health of Earth, such as rate and extent of mosquito-borne diseases due to global warming, extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, land degradation and water resources. pollution Lack of resources displaces many people and affects their health.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a communiqué that "the climate crisis is also a health crisis" that such unsustainable behavior not only endangers planet, but also endangers people. call for transformative solutions to wean world off fossil fuels and protect health of planet, on which human health depends.

The communiqué also states that recovery of world from new corona epidemic must be environmentally friendly. It is necessary to protect nature and make it a source of human health, develop a healthy and sustainable food system and build healthy and livable cities. WHO is calling on governments, organizations, companies and people to take action to protect planet and human health.