21 May 2009
Commonwealth ministers of health held their annual meeting on 17 May 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, on the eve of the 62nd World Health Assembly.
They took as their theme ‘Health and Climate Change’ in response to member states’ requests made in 2008, and in implementation of the Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Action Plan of 2007. The Action Plan calls for the use of Commonwealth networks to strengthen the consideration of the human and economic aspects of climate change.
The meeting was chaired by Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing in Australia. It was attended by 43 Commonwealth member countries and by partners representing bilateral and multilateral organisations and national and regional civil society organisations.