In Mexico, on 20 November 2015, “the Franco-Mexican Seminar: the Impact of Climate Change on Health, and Vector-borne Diseases” was held.

Mutual experiences have confirmed the current and future risks on the quality of life and health of populations. This meeting was organised by the Mexican Health Secretariat, the French Embassy in Mexico, the National Academies of French and Mexican Medicine and the French Academy of Medicine Foundation.

This seminar took place as part of the COP21, held in Paris in December 2015 and following the Declaration of Intent signed last July between the French and Mexican Health Ministers, Marisol Touraine and Mercedes Juan, which recommended identifying joint actions to mitigate the impact of climate on health. The experts also debated the impact of climate change on health, particularly vector-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

The French Ambassador to Mexico, Ms Bossière, expressed her satisfaction that such an event, offering a multi-disciplinary vision of the matter, had been organised. She recalled the creation in 2011 in France of a group of experts in Health-Climate vigilance, responsible for constantly monitoring the relationship between climate change and people’s well-being.

La Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) announced that dealing with climate change requires joint work between several Ministries and concrete efforts to address its impact from different points of view. It stressed that intense action was needed to address the effects of climate change on health and the emergence of new diseases.

The seminar allowed an analysis of this topic from a health perspective and above all the actions undertaken to deal with vector-borne diseases. It highlighted the work already done, the progress made and the challenges to be faced in both Mexico and France.

As pointed out by Professor Marc Girard of the National Academy of Medicine, it is obvious: the global warming that threatens our planet today will have consequences in all areas: on our health but also our environment, our landscapes and our way of life, not to mention the risk of conflict it may generate, hence the conclusion that health security is a “global public good” that must be understood and dealt with on a global scale from a comprehensive and integrated perspective.