Surgeon general to speak before UN climate summit

Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak will give a speech next week at an event to preview the United Nations climate summit in New York City.

Lushniak will speak about the health problems that climate change causes and the benefits of mitigating it, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, one of the health organizations hosting the event.

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The event will take place Sept. 22, the day before the climate summit hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More than 120 heads of state and other world leaders will gather to discuss action to fight climate change.

At the health event, other speakers will include Richard Horton, editor of top-tier medical journal The Lancet; John Balbus, a top adviser at the National Institutes of Health; and Maria Neira, director of the World Health Organization’s public health department.

“The conference will focus on the tremendous health benefits of climate mitigation and the pathway toward a sustainable and healthy future,” the sports medicine group said in an announcement.

“Crossing multiple sectors, the discussions will include topics such as food and agriculture, active transportation and community design, and energy and air pollution,” it said.

The event’s organizers have promised “a significant media announcement” at the meeting.

As surgeon general, Lushniak serves as the face of public health policy for the federal government.