WUN Joint 4th Public Health/Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Conference

"Long-term climate change threatens to exacerbate today's problems while undermining tomorrow's health systems, infrastructure, social protection systems, and supplies of food, water, and other ecosystem products and services that are vital for human health."

Atlas of Health and Climate, WHO 2012


This conference will mark the fourth iteration of the WUN Responding to Climate Change (formerly known as "Adapting to Climate Change") and Public Health Global Challenge Conferences, but in a novel approach to a pressing problem, will bring the two together so that experts working at the interface of these two global challenges can dialogue with each other and with practitioners, policymakers and funders in the field.

The theme of the conference is Global Health and Climate Change – an interdisciplinary and transgenerational approach.

Changes to our climate are leading to extreme weather, food and water shortages, and to population displacement and migration. The extent of the public health implications of these phenomena is not yet fully understood, either in terms of immediate threats to life and human security or longer term impact. The implications of geographic, economic, social and cultural displacement and trauma will endure into future generations. WUN is bringing experts from across the globe and from different fields to explore sustainable approaches to responding to a changing climate whilst also improving transgenerational health outcomes. Collaborative and interdisciplinary research programs are a crucial component in answering these complex and interrelated challenges. This international conference will explore in particular issues relating to food and nutrition security and the implications of migration especially in low-middle income countries and transitioning societies.

For more information, view the conference brochure.


View the conference program here.

Field Trips

Leading into the WUN Joint 4th Public Health/Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Conference, delegates are invited to learn and interact with issues on the ground in the areas surrounding Cape Town through three curated field trips.

These field trips will give first hand insights into how residents of Cape Town’s surrounding areas are responding to challenges to their health and environment.

Numbers on these field trips are strictly limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. View the field trip program here.


The venue and official accommodation provider for the conference is Southern Sun’s The Cullinan Hotel. Rooms at this hotel have now sold out.

Rooms have been arranged for conference delegates at the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Waterfront starting at R1,623 per night. A shuttle service will trasnsfer delegates between the hotel and conference venue daily. To book, complete the booking form and email it to the hotel.


This event is strictly by invitation only. For more information, please contact your institutional WUN Coordinator or the WUN General Manager, Nicholas Haskins.


Please consult the website of your local South African Embassy or Consulate to determine if you will require a visa to visit South Africa. If you require a visa, please email Fatima.saban@uct.ac.za stating your name as it appears on your passport, your passport number, your nationality as it appears on your passport, your country of residence and the dates of your visit.


Novo Nordisk and the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Offiice are both proud sponsors of this event.