Climate change is one of the most pressing health issues of our time and has long been on the agenda at the World Health Summit. Climate change and health will again be a central topic in the 2020 program.
The World Health Summit is based on the idea that bringing the right people together from around the world accelerates progress. We believe that in-person encounters lead to new partnerships and strategic collaborations. We have a responsibility to act sustainably and are constantly seeking ways to minimize our carbon impact, while still facilitating fruitful discussions and future-oriented solutions for global health.
Emission Reduction Projects
Estimated carbon emissions from speakers' flights to the World Health Summit 2019 have been offset in full through support of an emissions reduction project in Karnataka State, India. Certified by Gold Standard, the Kolar Biogas Project provides biogas units to rural households, reducing the use of wood and kerosene in cooking. The project also has health benefits for participating households through reduced indoor air pollution, and is designated as making particular contributions to SDG3 (Good Health and Well-Being).
Alternatives to Air Travel
Speakers and participants are encouraged to avoid flying if possible. Special prices are available from the Deutsche Bahn for World Health Summit participants.
Environmentally Conscious Printing
The World Health Summit program is printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as coming from FSC-certified forests, recycled material, and/or controlled wood. The greenhouse gasses associated with the program’s production have also been offset through the support of climate protection projects.
Getting Around Berlin
The World Health Summit is accessible by public transportation, conveniently located near the U-Bahn station Weberwiese on the U5 underground line. Speakers can use Berlin's public transportation system for free by presenting their badges as passes.
Meals at the World Health Summit are prepared using regional and seasonal products from mainly local sources. From 2020 on, all meals will be fully vegetarian.