‘Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States: Focus on the Caribbean’ conference

The Caribbean community and international partners will come together for four days of immersion in the science of climate change and health in the Caribbean, identifying knowledge gaps, posing solutions, resource sharing, and empowerment, in order to address the critical public health issue of climate change.


Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable countries in the world to the adverse effects of climate change, posing many challenges to public health, including increased illness and death from hurricanes, floods, heatwaves and droughts; water and food insecurity; increased transmission and spread of infectious diseases, diminished air quality; and adverse physical and mental health impacts on populations displaced by climate change disruptions.

Participants will include scientists, health professionals, educators, students, policymakers, advocates, and civil-society and private-sector representatives.

Conference Objectives

  • Provide a robust overview of adverse health impacts of climate change in the Caribbean and of existing evidence-informed mitigation and adaptation strategies, policies, impediments, and interventions to address these impacts in the Caribbean and, where applicable, in SIDS more broadly.
  • Understand and prioritize knowledge gaps that will define an action-oriented research agenda to reduce the adverse health impacts of climate change and seize the opportunity to promote and protect the health of people and the environment.
  • Foster multisectoral and regional, North-South, and South-South collaboration, innovation, and data sharing to facilitate implementation of a research agenda for climate change and health in the Caribbean.

(Registration deadline: 11:59 pm on October 3)