|Plenary session PL06, Friday, April 20 2012, 15:45-17:15, Room 2|
|Chair(s): Maria Neira, Departement of Public Health and Environment World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, Louis Loutan, Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine, Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switerland|
Summary: In line with the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, one might recall that the precedent Rio Declaration on Environment and Development of 1992, recognized that healthy populations are central to human progress and sustainable development. While this statement remains equally true today, the last few decades have shown that the economic pillar has been prioritized at the expense of the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, becoming itself a source of volatility and destabilization.
The current economic model while bringing many benefits results in many negative externalities on both our health and our environment. The rise of chronic diseases is partly due to unhealthy lifestyles, overconsumption and or exposure to harmful products (tobacco, alcohol, pollution), exacerbated by globalization and market integration in a context of widening disparities and power imbalances.
This session aims to re-examine the relationship between health and sustainable development reflecting how in the current economic model, can we think about a future in which environmental, societal, and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of development and improved quality of life. Doing so we would like to stress that key policy measures aiming at promoting sustainable development will also help to prevent chronic diseases and vice versa.
“Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development, and that they are entitled to a healthy and productive life, in harmony with nature. The goals of sustainable development can only be achieved in the absence of a high prevalence of debilitating diseases, while obtaining health gains for the whole population requires poverty eradication. There is an urgent need to address the causes of ill health, including environmental causes, and their impact on development, with particular emphasis on women and children, as well as vulnerable groups of society, such as people with disabilities, elderly persons and indigenous people.”
Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992.
|Cheryl Hicks, SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 Project, UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Wuppertale, Germany|
|Sonia Roschnik, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, United Kingdom|
|Martin Beniston, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland|
|Hemant Darbari, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC ), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Pune, India|
Cheryl Hicks - 2012 - Chronic Disease & Sustainable Development (5 downloads)
Sonia Roschnik - 2012 - Sustainable Health? (6 downloads)
Martin Beniston -2012 - Multiple Climate and Environmental Determinants for Human Health (5 downloads)
Hemant Darbari - 2012 - Technological Solutions for the 21st Century Healthcare (6 downloads)