The Global Launch of the 2020 Lancet Countdown Report

The links between health and climate change are undeniable. 120 world-leading experts, including authors from 38 academic institutions and UN agencies spanning every continent have looked at more than 40 indicators for the 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.

Join us online on 3rd December at 2pm GMT to discover new findings.

Climate change is threatening the health of people around the world. It is no longer a future problem. Our food stocks are compromised, our land is burning, our air is polluted, and the hospitals and clinics we depend on are under increasing pressure. Yet, responding to climate change offers a brighter future for global health. Cleaner skies, healthier diets, and more liveable cities.

Launching amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, we will reveal and explore the latest global health profile of climate change in the context of this unprecedented and challenging moment in time. On the eve of the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and as we look ahead to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP26, we will discuss the consequences of delayed action for public health, and the health, economic and societal benefits of a robust and rapid response.


The virtual global launch of the 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown will bring together a truly international and diverse group of inspiring speakers and guests, from academics and policy-makers, through to clinical and public health practitioners, civil society groups and the wider public – drawn together by a unifying commitment to find out more about and address the health impacts of climate change.

AGENDA – All times in GMT

14:00 Opening remarks: Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

14:10 Live address: Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary UNFCCC, co-founder of Global Optimism, and co-host of Outrage & Optimism podcast

14:20 Message of support: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

14:25 Key findings of the report: Dr Ian Hamilton, Executive Director, Lancet Countdown

14:45 Panel session: Facilitated by Dr Richard Horton

  • Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO, Amref Health Africa
  • Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director for the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health
  • Dr Patricia Garcia, Professor at the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University, Peru, Former Minister of Health, Peru
  • Dr Rachel Lowe, Associate Professor and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Elizabeth Robinson, Environmental Economics, University of Reading
  • Dr Wenjia Cai, Tsinghua University, Associate Professor, Global Change Economics in Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

15:35 Action inspires action: Professor Anthony Costello, Global Health and Sustainable Development, UCL & Co-Chair of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

  • Poorvaprabha Patil, Medical Student and President of the Medical Students’ Association of India
  • Dr Nick Watts, NHS England Chief Sustainability Officer

16:00 Event close: Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion ahead of UN climate talks, COP26.

Interspersed throughout the event, we will share video messages from clinicians working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and Climate Change around the world

On the day, guests will get the opportunity to:

  • Hear from and engage with world leading experts working at the nexus of climate change and health, including Lancet Countdown report authors, on the 2020 report findings
  • Hear from medical and health professionals working on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate change crisis as they share their personal experiences
  • Be inspired by keynote talks from policy, health and youth leaders taking action to address climate change today
  • Take a virtual trip around the world through our event portal to find out what the findings mean in your region, delve into the latest data visualizations for each indicator, and share your own commitment


Can’t join us live for the global launch? Don’t worry. A series of regional and national events will follow the global launch event.