Position paper on Planetary health

This position paper was prepared by members of the Thematic Federation for Green and Sustainable Medical Practice of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), coming from several European countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden).

Our paper drew on the recently published “Lancet Series on Commercial Determinants of Health” and “The 2022 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: towards a climate resilient future” , as well as recent publications in this field.

We are in a planetary emergency where health systems are the first line of defence. Ambitious action is required to protect human health. The UEMS calls on policy makers to take immediate action: Prioritise health promotion in all areas and consistently include mental health. At the same time, healthcare workers commit to increasing the resilience of health systems in this context of multiple crisis.

Read the full Position paper HERE