Our Planet, Our Health


Rising temperatures, floods and extreme rainfall are all ways in which climate change is impacting the lives of millions of people. At the same time, other human-caused health threats like air pollution, ecosystem degradation, and the production and consumption of tobacco are exacerbating the damage to our planet.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is joining other UN agencies in calling on everyone to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all, where economies are focused on planetary and human health and well-being, and where healthy, people-centered cities, villages and communities create conditions for people to lead better lives.

Migrants have been particularly affected by this crisis and face a high number of health risks before, during and after their journeys, due to a lack of access to health care and social services, poor working and living conditions, or limited access to rights and level of inclusion in host communities. Many migrants moving in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters also have specific physical and mental health needs that are linked to their exposure to climate and environmental conditions. Prevention, preparedness and an improved health care response – including infrastructure, supplies and workforce – are key aspects in mitigating the potential health risks of climate-induced displacement and global public health.


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