The 2019 Report: Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

The nature and scale of the global response to climate change will be the determining factor in shaping the health of the global population for centuries to come. Climate change threatens to undermine the last 50 years of gains for public health, intensifying heatwaves and extreme weather events, worsening flood and drought, altering the spread of infectious diseases, and exacerbating poverty and mental ill health. The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change exists to monitor this transition from threat to opportunity, and to identify how the response to climate change can bring immense benefits to global health.

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The Lancet Countdown is a collaboration of over 100 leading experts from universities and UN agencies across the globe, bringing together climate scientists, engineers, energy, economists, political scientists, public health professionals, and doctors. Each year the findings are published annually in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet ahead of the UN climate change negotiations. The report makes clear how climate change is affecting our health, the consequences of delayed action and the health benefits of a robust response.


In the 2019 report Lancet Countdown has tracked 41 indicators across 5 key areas: 

  • Public and political engagement
  • Climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability
  • Adaptation, planning, and resilience for health
  • Mitigation actions and health co-benefits
  • Finance and economics

The work aims to bridge the gap between policy, communications and research. The Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health are pleased to host the Oslo launch of the 2019 report.



11:30 - 11:40  Welcome

  • Anne Bergh | Specialist Director for Global Health | Norwegian Institute of Public Health 

11:40 - 12:00 Presentation on the 2019 Report of the Lancet Countdown

  • Elizabeth Robinson | Professor of Environmental Economics | University of Reading, Author, the 2019 Report of the Lancet Countdown

12:00 - 12:50 Panel Discussion: the health and policy responses to climate change

Led by: Karine Nordstrand | Department Director of Global Health | Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)

  • Olav Kjørven | Chief Strategy Officer | EAT Forum
  • Sofie Nordvik | Campaign coordinator | Norwegian UN Youth Delegate on Climate
  • Kim N. Gabrielli | Executive Director | UN Global Compact Norway

  • Andrea S. Winkler | Director Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo | Co-director Center for Global Health, TUM, Germany | Director, WGH-Norway | Co-chair, Lancet One Health Commission

  • Elizabeth Robinson

12:50-12:55 Perspectives from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

12:55 – 13:00 Closing remarks

13:00 - 14:00 

  • Fresh lunch and refreshments


Tags: Global health
Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:48 PM - Last modified Dec. 28, 2021 3:57 PM