Oct 15
Friday, October 15, 2021 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Virtual

Countless reports have warned us of the existential threat climate change poses to all of us. The latest August IPCC Report showed that the last time atmospheric CO2 levels were this high was millions of years ago. Worldwide we are seeing another year of lethal wildfires, water crises and extreme weather conditions.

The central challenge now is to mobilize political will across sectors and internationally to scale up known, effective solutions that  will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate against the effects of climate change. This symposium, The Road to COP27: Climate Change and Health Through Three Lenses, will  include presentations from experts from around the world who will share high impact solutions that will address climate change and improve health outcomes. Leaders from the African continent will share what should be in the COP27 meeting in Africa in 2022. 

Attendees will be able to provide suggestions and ask questions. Solutions from this symposium will be shared publicly and with policymakers including at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in an open access document.


Consortium of Universities for Global Health, University of Edinburgh, University of Pittsburgh,  Johns Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Boston College


11:00am Eastern Standard Time 



  • Victor J. Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine
  • John N. Nkengasong, Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention- Invited

Introduced by:  Jonathan Patz, Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison

11:15am Eastern Standard Time  

Session 1 Pragmatic Policy Recommendations for COP26 Part 1: Energy, Transportation, Construction, Agriculture and Manufacturing


  • Alexander Müller, Director, Think Tank Sustainability
  • Joy St. John, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
  • Gary Minsavage, Sr. Environmental Health Advisor, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Corporate Strategic Planning
  • Moderator:  Maureen Lichtveld, Dean of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

12:20pm Eastern Standard Time EST

Session 2 – Pragmatic Policy Recommendations for COP26 Part 2: Green Financing, Nature Based Solutions, Healthy Cities


  • Susan Gardner, Director, Ecosystems Division, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Charles Okeahalam, Chairman, Amref Health Africa – Invited
  • Nnoli Edozien Ndidi, Chair, Circular Economy Innovation Partnership – Invited
  • Moderator:  Elizabeth Grant, Assistant Principal (Global Health) and Director of the Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh

15 minute break

1:35pm Eastern Standard Time 

Session 3 Agenda Items for COP27 in Africa


  • Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme – Invited
  • Caradee Wright, Senior Specialist Scientist, South African Medical Research Council- Invited
  • Deoraj Caussy, Network of African Science Academies- Invited
  • Moderator: Keith Martin, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health

2:30pm Eastern Standard Time 

Concluding Remarks: Next Steps to Bridging the Policy Implementation Gap

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • Introduced by : Philip Landrigan, Director, Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory, Boston College

2:45pm Eastern Standard Time 

Event Concludes