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The First Global Forum on Heat and Health
December 17, 2018 - December 20, 2018
Organized by Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN)
December 17 – 20
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong has experienced increasing extreme temperatures for many decades. As a highly urbanized city with high population density, Hong Kong experiences heightened heat risk from many factors, including sub-divided housing units, an intense Urban Heat Island effect, an ageing society, and a large number of elderly residents living in care facilities. Hong Kong is a world leader in managing these issues in terms of research, city management, planning and design, as well as public engagements and NGO efforts. An experienced multi-institutional set of partners in public health, meteorology, and urban planning and design have offered to host the inaugural discussion to inform and prioritize future operational and research initiatives to address the growing global problem of extreme heat affecting communities worldwide.
The Forum will include sharing global to local experiences in managing heat health risk, informing a technical agenda to advance operational and scientific priorities, a special focus on communicating heat health risk – including a skills-based workshop with media partners, and site visits to many of Hong Kong’s centers and facilities on the leading edge of heat health management.