WERO organized roundtable dialogue on addressing Health Consequences of Flood and Climate Crisis

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Workers Education and Research Organization (WERO), with the support of Public Services International (PSI), organized a roundtable dialogue on “Addressing the Health Consequences of Flood and Climate Crisis, including Global Health Governance” at Indus Hotel Hyderabad. 

All affiliates of Public Services International (PSI) participated in the dialogue, Mr.Abdul Latif Nizamani President NCC-PSI Pakistan presided the event. 

Ms. Halima Laghari President ASLHWEU, Abdul Rehman Asi from PWF, Lala Sultan from PLF and Rashid Khan from LDA also spoke at the inaugural ceremony.

The participants discussed health issues and concerns during flood and due to climate change in Pakistan, Global Health Governance, and current health governance structure and mechanism in Pakistan, Gender perspective of climate change, and social cost of climate change were also discussed. 

Dr. Abdul Rehman Pirzado, Ms.Gufrana, Dr. Aziz Nizamani, Mr. Javaid Soz, Mir Zulifqar, and Dr.Javaid Gill also shared their views on various aspects of climate change, emergency situations, existing response mechanism, and issues relating to observance of international labour standards, specifically ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) in respect of emergency response workers.

The affiliates of PSl in Pakistan shared their views and concerns over the situation arising due to climate change and natural disasters, specifically recent floods in Sindh, Balochistan, and resultant response of the public sector institutions.

They highlighted gaps in the existing response mechanism and identified weaknesses in the arrangements by the public sector organizations to deal with the crises and emergencies and discussed various mitigation measures for the vulnerable groups of workers and victims of these crises.

The participants criticized the existing infrastructure to address emergencies arising due to climate change and flood.

They appreciated that despite so many difficulties and bottlenecks, the workers of public sector institutions played a vital role in immediate response and mitigation efforts.

They, however, stressed the need for proper planning, better resource allocation, coordination amongst all the partners, networking of stakeholders, and ensuring implementation of FPRW during climate crises and emergency situations.

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