Wellcome Trust reaction to the Paris Agreement on climate change

Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar has issued the following statement in reaction to the international agreement on climate change reached at COP21.

After two weeks of negotiation at the UN climate Conference of the Parties (COP) nearly 200 countries have agreed a deal to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees.

The Paris Agreement, which was adopted on Saturday 12 December 2015, is the first to commit all countries to cutting carbon emissions with the aim of reducing the threat of climate change caused by human activities.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "Climate change is an urgent threat to global health. Its impacts are already being felt around the world and it is the most vulnerable populations who will suffer the most.

"I welcome the ambitious agreement announced in Paris on Saturday and I hope that in the coming months it will drive significant change across the globe. The collective political will already demonstrated in Paris shows what is possible when the world works together. We now have the opportunity to make changes today that will produce immediate and lasting benefits for the planet and for human health, and we must take it."

In September 2015 the Wellcome Trust launched 'Our Planet, Our Health': a major new initiative to build understanding of the complex links between the environment and human health.