| 23 February 2024, Friday |

Health groups call for global fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty

The World Health Organization (WHO) and nearly 200 other health organizations have issued an unprecedented call for a global non-proliferation treaty on fossil fuels.

A call to action issued on Wednesday urges governments to agree on a legally binding plan to phase out fossil fuel exploration and production, similar to the tobacco framework convention negotiated under the auspices of the WHO in 2003.

“The modern addiction to fossil fuels is not just an act of environmental vandalism. From the health perspective, it is an act of self-sabotage,” said the WHO president, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

  • The Guardian