Tracking Progress on the Paris Climate Change Agreement

13 March 2017

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, in association with Imperial College London, is bringing together experts in a range of global indicator processes. The panel will debate indicator processes such as the SDGs, Lancet Countdown, WHO Climate and Health Country Profiles, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Now that the Paris Climate Change Agreement has been ratified, the next challenge is to make sure governments act on their promises. Their actions on climate change need to be monitored to ensure we are on track to meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement. Only then can governments be held to account on climate change and challenged to go further to tackle this global crisis.


Indicator processes are a key way of doing just this, by tracking the actions taken by governments and the outcomes of these. By tracking actions, indicators provide a powerful tool to hold governments to account and challenge them to do better. Understanding the outcomes of these actions also allows indicator processes to show how effective government interventions have been and so be used to advise governments.


The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, in association with Imperial College London, is bringing together experts in a range of global indicator processes. The panel will debate indicator processes such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Lancet Countdown, WHO Climate and Health Country Profiles, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, with representatives from these initiatives joining our panel.


This expert panel will debate how: global tracking initiatives can help tackle issues around health and climate change; they can work together to track progress on the Paris Agreement; and ultimately how they can be used to hold governments to account.


Speakers at this panel debate will include:

  • Professor Anthony Costello, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization
  • Professor Peng Gong, Director of the Centre for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University
  • Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet
  • Dr Rishma Maini,¬†Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist at Public Health England
  • Dr Joy Shumake-Guillemot, Head of the joint WHO-WMO Office on Climate and Health
  • Shelagh Whitley,¬†Head of the Climate and Energy Programme at the Overseas Development Institute

To attend, we kindly ask that you sign up at the eventbrite here.