The coronavirus pandemic is a preview of the types of global health threats that will emerge as the planet becomes hotter, and how it is tackled has implications for dealing with climate threats as well, health experts said on Tuesday.

"With COVID-19, we can see the urgency of it more readily than some of the impacts of the climate crisis," said Mandeep Dhaliwal, director for HIV, health and development for the United Nations Development program.

But in both cases, "we will not be able to ignore anymore that we need to do something about the human activity that's driving this," she said during an online panel, part of this week's Skoll Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.