COP27 Climate Change Conference: Urgent action needed for Africa and the world

Document Type : Editorials


1 East African Medical Journal Editor-In-Chief

2 West African Journal of Medicine Editor-In-Chief

3 Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research Editor-In-Chief

4 Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences Editor-In-Chief

5 Annales Africaines de Medecine Editor-In-Chief

6 Annals of African Surgery Editor-In-Chief

7 University of Exeter

8 African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine Editor-In-Chief

9 London School of Medicine and Tropical Hygiene Editor-In-Chief

10 Curationis Editor-In-Chief

11 Ghana Medical Journal Editor-In-Chief

12 African Journal of Reproductive Health Editor-In-Chief

13 Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal Executive Editor

14 Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Director of Health Promotion

15 Mali Médical Director of Publication

16 Journal de la Faculté de Médecine d’Oran Managing Editor

17 African Health Sciences Editor-in-Chief

18 Evidence-Based Nursing Research Editor-in-Chief

19 East African Medical Journal Managing Editor

20 La Tunisie Médicale Editor-in-Chief

21 University of Winchester


Wealthy nations must step up support for Africa and vulnerable countries in addressing past, present and future impacts of climate change.
The 2022 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a dark picture of the future of life on earth, characterised by ecosystem collapse, species extinction, and climate hazards such as heatwaves and floods. These are all linked to physical and mental health problems, with direct and indirect consequences of increased morbidity and mortality. To avoid these catastrophic health effects across all regions of the globe, there is broad agreement—as 231 health journals argued together in 2021—that the rise in global temperature must be limited to less than 1.5oC compared with pre-industrial levels.
 While the Paris Agreement of 2015 outlines a global action framework that incorporates providing climate finance to developing countries, this support has yet to materialise. COP27 is the fifth Conference of the Parties (COP) to be organised in Africa since its inception in 1995. Ahead of this meeting, we—as health journal editors from across the continent—call for urgent action to ensure it is the COP that finally delivers climate justice for Africa and vulnerable countries. This is essential not just for the health of those countries, but for the health of the whole world.