Country: Russian Federation
Delegate Name: Meg Gierula
World Health Organization
Climate Change and Infectious Disease
Royal Oak High School
The Russian Federation would like to touch on the definition of climate change stated in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This definition states that climate change is “attributed directly or indirectly to human activity”. This definition from the UN is the basis for all arguments or ideas on this topic. However, this is only applied to the general ness of climate change meanwhile we are focusing on a sub-effect.
The Russian Federation signed the Paris Climate Agreement and has been working towards keeping the agreement since 2019. The Russian Federation acknowledges the increase in cases of certain diseases due to the increasing degree of the Global Warming crisis.
One of the biggest diseases being impacted by climate change is malaria. Malaria is extremely sensitive to climate. Drought and changes from more severe El Niño’s can cause a rise in cases. The Russian Federation would like to help prevent malaria cases by working with the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme. The Russian Federation would also consider looking into other similar programmes to prevent against additional diseases that could worsen with climate change.
The Russian Federation does prioritize the needs of our citizens. We have greatly been affected by climate change and are wary of the health effects. The biggest threat to the Russian Federation is flooding and the melting of permafrost. These can lead to contamination of water causing a greater spread of disease. The Russian Federation has tried to help prevent these impacts but with a small budget, it is hard. We would be open to working with other nations and/or programmes to address this issue better.