Last week, the 71st edition of the World Health Assembly and pre-meetings of civil society discussed topics of this very moment such as health and environment, or the root causes of health inequity. At the same time, the Alma-Ata declaration from forty years ago showed its renewed actuality. That made the Assembly my trip back to the future.
It was the youth delegate of the Dutch delegation who made my day. During the massively attended discussion about ‘Health, environment and climate change’, she explicitly opted to share her concerns. As future medical doctor, she could foresee that especially young people would seek health care due to the negative impact of climate change on their health and the accumulation of the effects through time. She urged all organizations to research and advocate for policies that are environmentally friendly.