World leaders are calling on the world’s chemical industry to boost its cooperation and collaborate on a common approach to tackling the deadly Ebola virus.
The announcement was made Friday by a group of world leaders at the start of a two-day summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris.
The meeting is a first step toward finding a common climate policy, as the United States and China have pledged to work together to tackle climate change.
The United States, China, and others are expected to announce more measures in the coming days to help fight the virus.
The United Nations hopes the Paris summit will help set a template for the international community to come together to combat climate change in the future.
At the heart of the climate change discussion are the economic costs of the virus, which has killed more than 11,500 people in the Americas alone, and the need to address its effect on people and the environment.
The Ebola crisis has already seen a rise in the use of highly infectious respiratory diseases, like the coronavirus.
According to a study by the World Health Organization, global respiratory infections are expected rise by 2 percent per year between 2015 and 2020.
The Paris summit comes as the U.S. prepares to host a summit of its own next week to discuss the outbreak.
The American delegation is expected to hold talks with top leaders from more than 30 countries.
The U.N. climate conference is being hosted in the French city of Lyon.
It will include delegates from over 20 countries.
The goal is to bring together the world community to find solutions to tackle global warming and other environmental problems.