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Now on demand: The impact of climate change on women’s health

19 Jun 2023

On day two of RCOG World Congress 2023 (Tuesday 13 June), we were delighted to hold a plenary session on how climate change impacts women’s health globally.

The session was co-chaired by RCOG CEO Kate Lancaster and Professor Peter von Dadleszen and featured FIGO president Jeanne Conry presenting ‘The impact of climate change on women’s health’. It was a highlight of an unforgettable event and generated significant discussion and engagement.  

In her talk, Dr Conry talked about the direct impact of climate change on fertility, prenatal outcomes, mental health, sexual health and reproductive rights, as well as our very survival as a species.

A central goal of the College’s five year strategy is to support our membership to respond to the climate crisis and to advocate for a healthier future for women and girls, as such we have made this talk free to access to reach the widest possible audience.


Dr Jeanne Conry, USA

Dr Conry is president of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She was the 64th President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG).

She earned her medical degree and residency at the University of California, Davis (USA) where she served as associate clinical professor. She has a PhD in biology from the University of Colorado.

She chairs the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative and is vice chair for the PMNCH PECC, and a member of its Health Care Professionals Association. Jeanne leads global policy on climate change, reproductive health and the environment. She retired from obstetrics gynaecology at Kaiser Permanente.

About RCOG World Congress 2023

RCOG World Congress is the College’s flagship event, bringing the global O&G community together to advance healthcare for women and girls. This year was a hybrid event, held both at our Union Street headquarters in London and online. We were delighted to welcome 2,400+ delegates from 85 countries and all career stages, making Congress a truly global event.

Catch up on the highlights

Congress programme

You can view the entire three-day programme covering the entire spectrum of O&G, as well as find out more about our speakers here.

  • Clinical and research
  • Policy and governance
  • Gynaecology
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Abortion
  • Menopause