The First Global Forum for Heat and Health took place in Hong Kong, China, from the 17-20 December 2018.
As the inaugural global forum of the Global Heat Health Information Network, the event featured talks from leading experts on heat health science and implementation, and inform a global common agenda on heat and health. As well as engaging talks and content from experts in the field, the forum also featured an interactive segment with a focus on heat health communication.
The Forum served as an international platform to build capacity, promote sharing, and encourage evidence-based policy and actions to improve the management of extreme heat risks. For access to presentations, click on the titles in the agenda below.
Day 1: The Status of Global Action for Heat Health
Setting the stage with focusing keynotes by world-class experts, and regional heat health updates from across the globe.
Day 2: Technical Heat Health Stocktaking and Agenda Setting
In-depth discussion on progress and challenges within the GHHIN thematic areas
Day 3: Workshop on Communicating and Taking Action
A hands-on workshop to prepare attendees to communicate heat health risk effectively
Day 4: Hong Kong Heat Project Site Visits
Visits to Hong Kong’s exemplary sites where heat health is actively managed
8:30am Opening and Welcome Statements
- Joy Shumake-Guillemot, WHO/WMO Joint Office for Climate and Health
- Chao Ren, University of Hong Kong
- Dr Tian Linwei, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong
- Chi-Ming Shun, Director of Hong Kong Observatory
- Chris Webster, School of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
- Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
Followed by: Panel discussion with key experts Moderated by Juli Trtanj, NOAA
1:30pm Regional Issues, Innovations, and Opportunities
Regional presentations will provide flash presentations on the state of heat hazards; evidence of impacts and vulnerabilities; hotspot populations and issues of concern; and innovation and progress being made to address heat risks. Inputs and presenters will be sought from attendees registered for the forum.
Chairs: Joy Shumake-Guillemot, Glen McGregor
1:30pm Regional Panel 1: Regional Perspectives of Heat Risks
5:00pm Closing: Discussion on Common Challenges and Issues
5:30pm Evening Interactive Reception and Expo
Keynote Speaker, Kristie Ebi on Facing the Future of a Warming World.Learn more.
Keynote Speaker, Virginia Murray, on Making a difference in the context of DRR
Keynote Speaker, Emily Chan is the Director for the Centre for Global Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Day 1 featured an interactive drinks reception with Expo
Day 2: GHHIN Technical Themes
Facilitated working sessions to identify emerging issues, priorities, challenges, and innovations in 5 thematic areas.
9:00am Workshop 1 (in parallel)
Theme 2: Understanding Risk and Predicting Health Outcomes
Considering needs and priorities to improve risk and impact research, including impact assessment, vulnerability modeling and mapping, understanding extreme heat exposure mechanisms, impact forecasting, and the challenge of translating research into practice.
Chairs: Sari Kovats, Pat Kinney, Shubhayu Saha
Introduction by Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Theme 3: Observations, Forecasts, EWS, and Information Products to Inform Action
Considering needs and priorities to improve observations, forecasts, and information products required for operational heat risk monitoring and prediction. Building on operational decision needs discussions will identify opportunities and obstacles to improved generation and uptake of data, surveillance and forecast products, including risk monitoring and forecasting for heat risk management and early warning.
Panel: Weather and Climate Information to Facilitate Action
Serge Janicot, Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) - developing country perspective, overcoming data issues
Melissa MacDonald, Environment Climate Change Canada (ECCC) - Heat Warning and Information Systems in Canada
Inoka Suraweera, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka - demand side perspective: lessons from Sri Lanka about what works/doesn’t work with the forecasts
Wassila Thiaw, NOAA - Building integrated capacity within met services for heatlh early warning systems
Serge Janicot, Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL)- Bridging Weather and Climate
Discussion: future direction of heat information products
Sarah Klassen, START
AK Sahai, India Institute Tropical Meteorology - S2S and seamless prediction
Shubhayu Saha, United States Center for Disease Control - Communicating useful and usable information; interpretations of risk.
12:30pm Lunch and Poster Session
1:30pm Workshop 2 (in parallel)
Theme 1: Partnerships and Capacity to building heat health management networks
Considering needs and priorities to build the institutional capacity required to address heat risk as a society, noting needs and good practices in identifying and building partnerships across disciplines and organizational boundaries.
Theme 4: Action to Manage heat risk: actions, interventions and effectiveness
Considering needs and priorities to upscale solutions to heat health risk management across timescales - from planning cities to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect, to municipal heat health action plans, and emergency management. A focus on understanding and measuring the effectiveness of interventions will be front and center.
Moderator: Roop Singh, Climate Risk Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Responding to acute heatwave events: Jason Gale, Bloomberg News Australia
Seasonal preparedness: TBD
Engaging communities: Julie Arrighi, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center,
1:30pm (in parallel)
a) Masterclass: Communicating for Future Resilience In partnership with the Hong Kong Red Cross
With Masterclass presentations and Q&As on best practices from:
- Hong Kong Observatory
- Thomson Reuters
- the South China Morning Post
- Public Health England.
b) Simulation Exercise: Communicating to Save Lives in a Heat Emergency Scenario Delivered by the World Health Organization, this session will simulate an extreme heat event with many casualties in a fictional country. Participants will be equipped with practical experience of effective communications strategies to save lives in a heat emergency.
Day 3 featured a Simulation Exercise in order to mimic the response to an extreme heat event
Day 4: Hong Kong Heat Project Site Visits
Visit 1: Hong Kong Housing Authority - Exhibition Centre
Visit 2: Senior Citizen Home Safety Association
See how the The Senior Citizen Home Safety Association enhances the living quality of the elderly in the community through the use of technology, people-oriented services, and innovative methods
Visit 3: Hong Kong Observatory Tour
The guided tour will take the visitors backward in time to trace the development of the Observatory in the past 130 years. Visitors can see how weather forecasts are made and how technology is put to use.
Visit 4: Energy poverty Lab - Simulated Subdivided Flat tour
Experience for yourself what it is like for the many residents of Hong Kong to live in cramped quarters, cooking, relaxing, and sleeping in a small room with inadequate cooling.