To accelerate progress on our climate commitments and make our work more sustainable, we are proud to partner with the Climate Action Accelerator (CAA). CAA is a non-profit organization that provides technical expertise to organizations to help reduce their carbon emissions, creating a global community to push for the race to zero.
CAA will support Unitaid to cut our emissions in half by 2030 or earlier and to reach net-zero by 2050. Partnering with CAA is part of our ongoing work to address the impacts of climate change on our work – and the impact of our work on the environment. The global health sector contributes 4.6% of the world’s carbon emissions, with a notable portion of these emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation and delivery of health products and services. Unitaid and our partners have a collective responsibility to reduce our own negative impacts on the environment and contribute to making the global health sector more sustainable.
Climate and health is a key priority in our 2023-2027 Strategy. We are working to introduce health products with lower environmental footprints and that support increased resilience for health systems to better adapt to a changing climate. We are also developing a dedicated climate and health strategy to be submitted for approval to the Executive Board in November 2023.
Edits: This article was edited on 28 November 2023 to correct the global health sector’s contribution to the world’s carbon emissions, which amount to 4.6% as per the 2023 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change.
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