COP28 (Health Pavilion): Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN) session during ATACH Day

From 17:00 to 18:15 +04

The WHO and Wellcome Trust Health Pavilion,
COP28, Dubai

Through coordination and collaboration, the ATACH Working Group on Climate Action and Nutrition strives to foster collaboration to accelerate transformative action to address the critical nexus of climate change and nutrition. Climate change is impacting food systems, health systems, social protection systems and water systems - all of which are fundamental for good nutrition. At the same time, inefficiencies and maladaptation in these four systems are further contributing to the drivers of climate change, namely greenhouse gas emissions and the degradation of natural resources. This session will bring actors in agriculture systems and health systems together and forge stronger partnerships to meet mutual objectives. will discuss actions that need to take place to advance collective work on the intersection of climate change, nutrition, and health. 


  • Lina Mahy, Technical Officer, World Health Organization


  • Ailan Li, Assistant Director-General, Healthier Populations, World Health Organization
  • Marina Romanello, Executive Director, The Lancet Countdown: Tracking progress on health and climate change
  • Jessica Colston, Environmental Technical Lead, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director, Division of Nutrition, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Andrea Connell, MH Deputy Director for International Affairs, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Laura Rissanen, State Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Afshan Khan, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Coordinator and UN Assistant Secretary-General
  • Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Populations, Egypt & Co-Chair of ATACH I-CAN Working Group
  • Bhuvaneswari Balasubramanian, Country Representative, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, India & and representing the Co-Chair of ATACH I-CAN Working Group