4 - 7, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
11 - 13: 14th TTIP negotiation round (TBC)
6 - 9, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
8 - 9, Brussels, Belgium: EC workshop for a ’roadmap to a non-toxic environment’ - HEAL participating
9, Paris, France: WECF International Symposium - HEAL speaking
15, Brussels, Belgium: College of Commissioners debate on EDC criteria
23 - 27, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EU Sustainable Energy Week
4 - 16: Fossil free week of action
6: World Asthma Day
25: Start of European week against cancer
5 - 12 April, Paris, France: International Environmental Film Festival
7 April: World Health Day
11 - 14 April, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament plenary
17 - 19 April, Berlin, Germany: 2nd International Conference on Human Biomonitoring
20: CHE EDC Strategies Group call: Increasing trends in male reproductive disorders, environmental exposure & implications for human health
22 April: Earth Day
25, New York, USA: Next round of TTIP negotiations begin
27 April: World Day for Safety and Health at Work
28: CHE & HEAL partnership call: Glyphosate - The increasing use of GBHs worldwide and implications for human health
28, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EFA event on Adolescents Adherence to Asthma treatment
4 March, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council
7 - 10 March, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
17 - 18 March, Brussels, Belgium: EU Summit
20 - 30 March: Pesticide Action Week
22 March, Brussels, Belgium: Glyphosate and Cancer, MEPs Against Cancer
4 February: World Cancer Day
13 February: Fossil Fuel Free Day
22 - 26 February: TTIP negotiations round
1, Brussels, Belgium: Start of Dutch presidency of the European Council
21 - 22, Paris, France: International Paris Workshop on EDC effects on wildlife and human health
26, Brussels, Belgium: EP Envi workshop on food contact materials (HEAL speaking)
27, Berlin, Germany: Parliamentary dialogue on EDCs. More info goo.gl/forms/oD6l0J949H
4, Paris France: HEAL side event, “Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate” in collaboration with Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins (CNOM), World Medical Association, COP21
5, Paris, France: Global Climate and Health Summit
9, Paris, France: HEAL UNFCCC COP21 side event in collaboration with Monaco and WHO Europe
16, Brussels, Belgium: Meeting of the EU Environment Ministers
14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
12-13, Paris, France: International Colloque on pesticides and GMOs - organised by Generations Futures
14: World Diabetes Day
15: World COPD Day
15 – 16, Turkey: G20 summit
23 – 26, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
24 – 25, Paris, France: 6th Environment and Health French national congress on Climate Change and Health– HEAL speaking
27: HEAL webinar on Mercury and Health (in Serbian) - Registrations open
30 November – 11 December, Paris, France: UNFCCC COP21 climate negotiations
Online course: MOOC Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers
1 -31: National Breast Cancer Awareness month
11 -13, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit - HEAL speaking
12, Berlin, Germany: HEAL Lancet Commission on Health and Climate event
14 - 17, Milan, Italy: 8th European Public Health Conference - Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices - HEAL organising workshop
19, Brussels, Belgium: EEB 2015 Annual Conference
19 October: Webinar on Asthma, Climate Change, and Health
22: Global Day of Action Against Coal
23, Brussels, Belgium: Final meeting of ACCEPTED research project
25 – 31: Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action
27, Israel: Breast Cancer and the Environment Conference (EHF)
28-29, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly
2, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA AGA
10 – 14 Poland: Spirometry Week
17-18, Geneva, Switzerland: Swiss Public Health Conference
26: World Environment Health day
28 September - 2 October, Geneva, Switzerland: HEAL participates at International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), the governing body of UNEP’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
30: World Heart Day
1: World Breastfeeding week
31 August – 4 September, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC negotiations
1 July, EP, Brussels, Belgium: Allergy and Asthma Patients need Clean Air in Europe – organised by EFA
6 – 8 July, Picardie, France: Global Conference: All actors of Rupture? - HEAL participating
7 – 10 July, Paris, France: UNESCO conference: Our common future under climate change - HEAL participating
12 – 17 July, Barcelona, Spain: Global Health Summer School on Climate Change & Health
15, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of Merchants of Doubt, HEAL co-organiser - Register here
23, London, UK: Summer Gathering, organised by Women’s Environment Network (WEN)
1, Brussels Belgium: European Commission conference on EDCs
1 – 11, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC negotiations
3- 5, Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week
5: World Environment Day
8, Brussels, Belgium: Conference - Belgium moving towards pesticide free towns
15, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council
16 – 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Sustainable Energy Week
18, Paris, France: Colloque - Les pathologies neuro-développementales et l’environnement
18 - 19, Paris, France: Conference "Climate, Health, Inequalities: Solutions?" - HEAL participating
22, Rome, Italy: Conference on the environment, health and economic development - HEAL participating
24, Paris, France: ANSES conference - ‘Health risks, precaution and innovation’
25 June, London, UK: Women’s Environment Network screens documentary film ’Endocrination’
30 June, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EDCs and Future Generations: Time for the EU to Take Action
5 May, World Asthma Day
12, Brussels, Belgium: Health Commissioner consults with MEPs on EDC criteria
18, Brussels, Belgium: Fifth Paris Appeal on electromagnetic fields and chemicals
18-19, Malaga, Spain: EFA 2015 AGA
18-26, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly
25 – 31: European Week Against Cancer
7 April: World Health Day
11: EU Parkinson’s Day
14 – 16, Brussels, Belgium: Informal Environment and Energy Council
15, The Hague, Netherlands: WECF symposium with Ministry of Environment and Chemical Industry
18: Global day of action, TTIP
22: Earth Day
23, Brussels, Belgium: Health Commissioner consults with MEPs on EDC criteria
24, Brussels, Belgium: Health Commissioner consults with Member States on EDC criteria
28, Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Conference on urban design, green space and human health
28: CHE Partnership Call: A High Price to Pay: Obesity, Diabetes and Associated Costs of Exposure to EDCs in the EU
29 – 30, Haifa, Israel: European Environment and Health Process – Mid-term Review (EHP-MTR)
4: Launch of the EEA’s State of the Environment Report 2015
5, Munich, Germany: HEAL and WECF meeting on chemicals and diseases
5-6, Brussels, Belgium: ATOPICA conference
6, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council
20 – 30: Pesticide Action Week
24: Launch of Healthy Homes Barometer
28: Earth Hour
14: World Federation of Public Health Associations Annual meeting
18 : CHE Call: EDCs, Oil and Gas Development, & Groundwater with Dr. Susan Nagel
27, Madrid, Spain: HEAL and Alborada Foundation Roundtable on EDCs and health costs, Spanish Parliament
6, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of Stephane Horel’s documentary film Endocrination
16: EU public consultation on EDCs closes
19, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium: Healthy Lungs for Life by ELF and ERS
1, Brussels, Belgium: EEB celebrates 40 years of environmental action
1 – 12, Lima, Peru: UNFCCC COP20
4, Warsaw, Poland: HEAL conference on energy, air quality and health
6, Lima, Peru: GCHA Climate and Health Summit 2014: Investing in Health
8 - 10, Helsinki, Finland: HEAL participates at ECHA Member State Committee
15 - 17, Geneva, Switzerland: HEAL participates at SAICM chemicals OEW
17, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council
13 - 14, Bonn, Germany: Meeting of WHO Environment and Health Task Force
14, Paris, France: HEAL Vice President will speak at Paris Appeal Congress
14: World Diabetes Day
15: World COPD day
19: CHE call: BPA and Health: New Research Focuses on Routes of Exposure
27 – 28, Bonn, Germany: Meeting of the WHO Network on Environmental Health Economics
29, Paris, France: Environmental conference on French environment and health action plan
All month: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
6 – 7, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly
14: Lyon, France: Symposium on breast cancer, women’s reproductive health and EDCs
16 October, France: Crise sanitaire des Maladies Chroniques: les maladies environnementales émergentes nous alertent, WHO
17: Global day of action against coal
19: Global frackdown day
19 – 22 October, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit
20 - 24, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC Conference
26 – 29, Boston, US: PPTOX IV, Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health - More information here
28 – 29, France: Occupational exposure to pesticides
29, Paris, France: Hormone-dependent cancers and EDCs
30, Geneva, Switzerland: UNECE Session on Environment and Health
4 – 5, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA 5th Annual Conference - More information available here
21, New York, USA: People’s Climate March - HEAL participating. More information available here
23, New York, USA: UN Climate Summit - HEAL participating. More information available here
23 – 24, Brussels, Belgium: European Citizens Summit - More information available here http://citizenssummit.eu/
26: World Environmental Health Day
1: World Breastfeeding Week
9: Screening of Endoc(t)rinement on France 5
24-28, Seattle, USA: Annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
27 – 29, Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Conference on health and climate - More information here
1 July: Italian presidency of the EU Council of Ministers begins
4July, Brussels: HEAL webinar (DE): Chronic diseases, health problems and Chemicals: What’s the connection? - More information in German available via HEAL’s Chemicals Health Monitor website in German - To register for the webinar contact Nadia at email@example.com
2 - 3 , Royal College of Physicians, London: Children with Cancer UK: Workshop on in utero exposure and cancer in children - More information here
3- 5, Brussels: EU Green Week - More information here http://www.greenweek2014.eu/
17 , EP, Brussels, Belgium: Does innovative research for allergy and respiratory disease in the EU benefit patients? Organised by EFA
30 June – 1 July, Vilnius, Lithuania: WHO European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) - More information via the WHO Europe website
30 June – 3 July, Strasbourg, France: First plenary session of the new European Parliament
6: World Asthma Day
10: Let’s clean up Europe - Information available here http://www.letscleanupeurope.eu/
19 – 24, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly - More information available here
22, Paris, France: Indoor air quality in kindergardens and schools
22 – 25: European Parliament elections
25: European Week against Cancer
3- 4, Brussels, Belgium: EU Chronic Diseases Summit - More information here
7, World Health Day - More information here
23: EFSA Stakeholder meeting on BPA opinion, Brussels, Belgium - More information here
1 – 2, Munich, Germany - ERS Research seminar on protein quality control in lung disease - More information available here
6, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA launches manifesto for EP elections - More information here
7, London, UK: British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM) conference on electromagnet radiation and health - More information here
17, Brussels, Belgium: Hearing: Clean air for Europe – HEAL participating - More information here
20 – 30, worldwide: Pesticide Action Week - More information here
27, EP, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of ‘La mort est dans le pré’ with Hiltrud Breyer MEP - For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4 - 11 - Paris, France: 31st FIFE film festival - On 7 - 8 February HEAL co-hosts inspiring environmental health documentaries. More information available here
15, Vilnius, Lithuanian: EFA meeting with patient associations of Baltic countries - More information here www.efanet.org/efa-events/
18, Brussels, Belgium: EFA training for patients with allergy, asthma and COPD and their representatives on functioning of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) - More information here www.efanet.org/efa-events/
19: CHE call - Endocrine Disruption of the Neuro-immune Interface (10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern) – RSVP here
19 – 20, Brussels, Belgium: WECF conference to launch ChildProtect project. HEAL participating - More information here www.wecf.eu/
28 - Brussels, Belgium: Presentation of project: ’Training for health care professionals in environmental and health medicine’
More information available on request - please email email@example.com
18 – Beit Hel HaAvir, Israel: Exposure to Environmental Pollutants, Diabetes and Obesity
The Annual Conference organised by the Environment and Health Fund in collaboration with the Israel Endocrine Society focuses on the sources and exposure to environmental pollutants linked to diabetes and obesity in Israel; the mechanism through which environmental pollutants can induce diabetes and obesity; and the results of epidemiological studies on the connection between exposure to environmental pollutants, diabetes and obesity. More information here
5 November – EP, Brussels, Belgium: Policy from Science event
Lunch event with MEP Corinne Lepage as a host. More information available here
11 – 22 November – Warsaw, Poland: UN COP19 climate negotiations
(HEAL delegation attending) More information on the conference available on the UNFCCC website
14 November – World Diabetes Day
15 November - World Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease Day
16 November – Warsaw, Poland: Second Climate and Health Summit
The second Climate and Health Summit will take place in parallel to the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland. HEAL will act as a local convening partner for the Summit. The Summit is organised by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), under the auspices of the WHO. To find out more and to register for free click here
20 - 22 – Jerusalem, Israel: 7th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment
This conference aims to provide a forum for the latest research findings in children’s environmental health, strengthen the importance of prenatal exposure to environmental factors on pregnancy outcomes, identify opportunities to minimise exposure , develop a greater awareness among health professionals and initiate future direction in this field of work. More information here
25-27 November, Oslo, Norway – HEAL participates in Third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health
More information available here
28 November, Brussels, Belgium – What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement
Organised by European COPD Coalition, EFA and the Lithuanian European Presidency. More information available here
14 - 15 – Bonn, Germany: Second Symposium of the environmental health economics network
Organised by the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe
16 – EP, Brussels, Belgium: Workshop, Global Health Footprint of Development
Organised by MEP Michele Rivasi in collaboration with the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), the World Bank, HEAL and the European Cancer Leagues (ECL). More information available here
17 – Zurich, Switzerland: Conference - Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) for risk assessment of food contact material chemicals
Organised by the Food Packaging Forum. More information available here
18 – Lyon, France: Chemistry and Environmental Health Forum HEAL Member Réseau Environnment Santé (RES) co-organises a Chemistry and Environmental Health Forum with the Region of Rhone Alpes at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. This Forum offers a space for dialogue and reflection on chemistry in the 21st Century. More information and the programme are available here and to register please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 7 October
19 October – Global frackdown day
More information available here http://www.globalfrackdown.org/
22 October – Day of action against coal
4 – 5 – Brussels, Belgium: Brave New World: Inclusive Growth and Well-Being or Vested Interests and Lost Generations?
The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) will celebrate 20 years of helping shape Europe’s public health with this event. This is an opportunity to look at how we can foster an EU that is coherent in its decisions, in terms of fostering the health and well-being of people living in Europe. More information available here
9 – 11 – Manchester, UK: 9th International Symposium on Biological Monitoring
The symposia will bring together the world’s leading experts and practitioners to share knowledge on topics including new biomarkers of exposure, effect and susceptibility, new analytical techniques and case studies of occupational and environmental exposures. More information available here
17 – 19 – Oxford, UK: Clean Med Europe 2013
Clean Med Europe is the only European conference on sustainability within the health care sector, addressing the environmental impact of the sector on a local, regional, and global level. This year, the conference is hosted by the HEAL member, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, and Health Care without Harm (HCWH). More information available here
25 – 26 – Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly
This year HEAL celebrates its 10th anniversary on the occasion of its Annual General Assembly in Brussels. This marks an opportunity to reflect on the successes and achievements of HEAL over the last 10 years and look towards our future work programme. More information will be available shortly.
1 – 7 – World Breastfeeding Week
This year’s theme ‘Breastfeeding support: Close to mothers’ highlights Breastfeeding Peer counselling. More information available here
20-23 – Basel, Switzerland: ISES-ISEE-ISIAQ 2013: Environment and Health – Bridging North, South, East and West
This is the first ever joint conference of three leading scientific societies dedicated to improving public health. It will focus on issues including the methodological challenges for global environmental epidemiology, environmental risks in the context of rapid urbanisation, linking science and policy making through impact assessment and more. HEAL will be attending this conference. More information here
4-7 – Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week: Cleaner air for all
Green Week offers the opportunity for debate, exchange of experiences and best practices on this year’s theme ‘Cleaner air for all’ in line with the 2013 EU Year of Air. During 2013 the EU’s current air policy is under review, with a focus on finding ways to improve the quality of the air we breathe. More information here
5 – HEAL at Green Week: Session 3.4 and Session 5.1.
5 World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by UNEP. More information here
20 June – European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium: Initiative for Clean Air in Europe
This event hosted by Peter Liese MEP and Chris Davis MEP focuses on practical solutions for clean air and best practice examples for clean air in cities. To register please email email@example.com before 12 June 2013
24 – 25 June, Brussels, Belgium: European Citizen’s Summit
This first ever Citizen’s Summit organised by a cross-sectoral coalition of NGO actors, brings together for the first time professionals, practitioners and activists from across the different sectors – culture, development, education, environment, health, human rights, social affairs and women’s rights to discuss the future of Europe. Given the high demand for places, the Citizens’ Summit is upon invitation only and we ask you to please express your interest here before 14 May
15 – Brussels, Belgium: EPHECT Stakeholders meeting on chemicals in consumer products and indoor air quality
The EPHECT project (Emissions, Exposure Patterns and Health Effects of Consumer Products in the EU) aims at a specific contribution on the characterisation of some current consumer products regarding their emissions of pollutant substances to the indoor air. While there are methods and results to characterise these products there is no information in terms of their emissions so EPHECT have adopted a methodology for this. The meeting will present works from different stakeholders of the project.
Registration closes on 14 May. Register and download the full programme here
16 – Brussels, Belgium: EP event - Can EU citizens afford their medicines? The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe
The event organised by EPHA will focus on various political processes linked with the economic crisis. Some of the topics discussed will be the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, as well as pharmaceutical legislation aiming to ensure that people living in Europe have access to a wide range of quality and affordable medicines. The gathering will serve to assess the impact of cost-containment policies put in place in some EU member states. If you would like to attend the event, please register before 5 May: REGISTRATION
16 – France ANSES´s Scientific Conferences – PNR EST Review: Environmental pollution, health impact and environmental contaminants: air and water
ANSES´s Scientific Conference will focus on the health risks of environmental air and water pollution and presentation of results in two areas – air pollution and epidemiological studies and environmental air and water contamination and human exposure. More information available here
23 – Brussels, Belgium: Presentation of results on Schools Indoor Pollution and Health: Observatory Network in Europe, EP Brussels
The goal of the event is to share the results of the SINPHONIE project on children’s health and indoor air quality, and discuss the recommendations on the European guidelines for healthy environments within European schools – in the light of the EU Year of Air. The SINPHONIE project is a research project covering the areas of health, environment, transport and climate change, aiming at the improvement of air quality in schools and kindergartens. The project was initiated by the EP. To register please confirm your attendance by 12 April to Coordination_Sinphonie@rec.org
26 - Frence Senate Paris, France 14h - 17h30: "Endocrine disruption : Public Health’s new frontier ?" by RES and Générations Futures.
A lecture will be given by Prof. Andreas Kortenkamp followed by an opened Q&A session. Nominative subscription is required before 20th April - please send your first and last names, the name of your organisation and your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org - The conference will be held in EN with consecutive FR translation.
5-6 December – Paris, France : Third national congress of the French Society for environmental health
The French Society for environmental health (Société française de santé environnement) is dedicating its third national congress to looking at early warning signs on environmental health issues and regulatory responses (3e Congrès national de Santé et Environnemen sur les signaux faibles en santé-environnement : de l’alerte à la decision). It will focus on building action in response to alerts about real or suspected diseases within environmental health issues. Robert Barouki is on the organising committee (PPTOX co-chair) and it includes a session on chemicals. For more details: http://www.congres-national-sante-environnement.org/
10-11 December– Paris, France: International conference on recent advances on the environmental and health effects of endocrine disrupters
ANSES (French Agency for food, environmental and occupational health & safety) is organising an international conference on recent advances on the environmental and health effects of endocrine disrupters, as part of the French National endocrine disruptor research programme (PNRPE). The aim of the PNRPE is to finance fundamental and applied research on endocrine disruption for policy makers.
- ANSES website: http://www.anses.fr/PMKC00VBI0.htm
- PNRPE website: http://www.pnrpe.fr/article100.html
12 December – Brussels, Belgium: Lecture on "EU decarbonisation to 2050: views from the neighbourhood"
External players, outside the EU, were asked to comment on the feasibility, achievability, consequences, challenges and opportunities represented by the EU’s move to decarbonisation by 2050. What do external voices think of the EU’s ambition? Will the move to decarbonisation have a regional/global effect? Register here
12-15 November – Bolinas, USA: Training on reproductive health and environmental health sciences
The Collaborative on Health and Environment (CHE) are providing training designed for people working as healthcare providers, advocates, educators, and community activists who want to bring a greater emphasis on environmental health to their work. The goal is to deepen participants’ basic scientific understanding of environmental factors affecting reproductive health so they can be more effective champions for a healthier world. The training will present evidence-based science in lay language. You do not need a formal scientific background in environmental health or other sciences to apply. see www.healthandenvironment.org/ehtraining
23 November – Anderlecht, Belgium: 1ère Journée de « Santé Environnementale » de l’ULB
The Centre for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health from ULB’s School of Public Health invite you to attend the first day of "Environmental Health" at the Erasme Anderlecht Campus. The programme will address emerging issues, such as health and nanoparticles, and other less publicised concerns related to age and gender, housing, and the quality of the air in schools. Also the paradoxes of the health of the environment and the use of cleaning/disinfection products will be discussed. The event is an opportunity to put questions and share experiences. Confirm your attendance no later than 16 November by emailing email@example.com.
23 November – Uppsala, Sweden: Joint Battle against Infectious Disease and Antibiotic Resistance
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9-11 October - ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands : Sustainable development: This is your chance
Partners for a Healthy Environment are organizing a fair where innovative environmental technologies, new regulations, sustainable mobility, procurement and planning will be covere57 d. Visit http://www.gezondleefmilieu.nl/ for more information on the programme and the symposium on adverse effects on health by environmental factors (in Dutch).
22-25 October – Larnaca, Cyprus: Human Biomonitoring (HBM): Linking environment to health and supporting policy
Linking environment to health and supporting policy will discuss a harmonised EU human biomonitoring approach. The event is organised by the EU (DEMO)COPHES consortia together with the Cyprus State General Laboratory of the Ministry of Health. More information at http://www.cy2012.eu/index.php/en/p...
25 October - Uppsala, Sweden: Infectious disease in a changing world How does it effect everyday life
26 October – Brussels, Belgium: ECERI meeting Environmental Carcinogenesis
The European Cancer and Environment Research Institute (ECERI) is holding this all-day event at the Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique. It will consist of discussions on Epigenetics from fundamental research to carcinogenesis, and from cancer to other complex diseases. HEAL member Association for Research on Treatment against Cancer (ARTAC) will be hosting the event. More information here.
10–13 September – Malta: The sixty-second session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe
Delegations from the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region will meet to discuss strategies and action plans to tackle public health issues on the national and regional levels. The management and organization of WHO and its Regional Office for Europe will also be discussed. Key issues on the agenda include: the new European policy framework for health and well-being, the European action plan for strengthening public health capacities and services, the strategy and action plan for healthy ageing in Europe … More information ...
11 September – Malta: « A taste of Europe: Introducing EU Health policy and how civil society can advocate for better health at EU level »
The Malta Health Network and European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) are organizing a half-a-day capacity building seminar aimed to give participants a taste of what the European Union does, how it works, what ’advocacy’ means in practice and how Maltese organizations can take part. For more information contact Tereska Van Den Abeele, at EPHA (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 00322 233 38 73).
11-12 September - Szentendre, Hungary: SINPHONIE final conference
Thirty-eight environment and health institutions from 25 countries are participating in the SINPHONIE research project on indoor air quality in schools. The project was established in order to implement Regional Priority Goal III (RPG3) of the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE), which is to prevent and reduce respiratory disease due to outdoor and indoor air pollution. More info at: www.sinphonie.eu
11-13 September – Berlin, Germany: Low Dose Effects and Non-Monotonic Dose Responses for Endocrine Active Chemicals: Science to Practice
This workshop seeks to lay out the evidence for low dose effects and non-monotonic dose responses in relation to endocrine active chemicals, with the goal of establishing whether the current observations are sufficient to re-examine the ways in which chemicals are tested for endocrine disrupting properties and how risk to human health may be managed. More details at http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/conference/dert_endocrine_2012/index.cfm
13 September – Brussels, Belgium: Policy Workshop: EU Year of Air 2013
While there have been some improvements in air quality in Europe, air pollution continues to be a massive public health problem, which is responsible for nearly half a million deaths each year in the European Union alone. On 13 September, HEAL is organising a policy workshop for an exchange on health effects of air pollution, on what is being planned for the EU Year of Air 2013 and on how groups can become involved in EU policy decisions for cleaner air. Learn more and register now!
14 September – Brussels, Belgium: Policy Workshop: Chronic Diseases and Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs)
A growing body of scientific evidence links endocrine disruptors (EDCs) to chronic diseases. A policy workshop that HEAL is organizing on 14 September aims to highlight the science and tools on the links between EDCs and chronic diseases, and the important role that groups working on these diseases can play in this critical dossier for human health. Learn more and register now!
17 September – Paris, France: Conference “From HUMAN BIOMONITORING to European and national policies: meeting the MS representatives”
The Consortium to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale (COPHES) is holding this one-day meeting to take into account Member State needs around an integrated human biomonitoring (HBM) framework, and to communicate its advantages. It will be hosted by the French Ministry of Health. The aim of the meeting is to bring together HBM experts, National and European Authorities and policy makers, as well as other interested stakeholders with the HBM teams involved in the projects, for interactive discussions on principles and operational aspects of the draft concept for a European HBM framework. Priority will be given to exchanges between Member States and Commission Services on the needs of Member States and the advantages of an integrated HBM framework. More information on http://www.eu-hbm.info/
17-21 September – Nairobi, Kenya: Third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3)
The Strategic Approach toInternational Chemicals Management (SAICM) will be holding a conference to review progress in the implementation of its policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals.. The Conference will evaluate and address emerging policy issues, consider new activities for addition to the Global Plan of Action, evaluate the financing of its Strategic Approach and take strategic decisions for the future. As well, the Conference will consider recommendations from the Executive Board of the Quick Start Programme regarding the future of the Programme and its trust fund, as contributions will only be accepted until September 2012. The session will include a high-level segment, incorporating opportunities for formal statements, two roundtable discussions as well as other special events. More information ...
19 September – Brussels, Belgium: EFA event at the European Parliament "May Contain/Contains - Food Allergen Labelling"
HEAL member European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations (EFA) is organising an event in cooperation with the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) which will focus on: mandatory labelling of allergen, underlining the crucial step forward and the room for improvement; and “precautionary labelling”. To register email email@example.com.
25 September – Brussels, Belgium: Evening reception on “20 years of protecting Europe’s nature - €3 cents for the future of Natura 2000”
This year, Habitats Directive, which together with the Birds Directive resulted in the creation of Natura 2000, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Natura 2000 is an EU success story – it is the largest network of nature protection areas in the world and contributes to protecting Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. The future EU Budget 2014-2020 can contribute decisively to provide the funds for Natura 2000 and ensure that the network continues to protect nature and deliver its benefits and services. To help, ask all Members of the European Parliament and interested parties to show their commitment in financing Natura 2000 and ensure that Europe’s nature stays protected! Learn how by attending this event: http://natura2000.eventbrite.com/
26-28 September - Malmo, Sweden: CleanMed Europe 2012
CleanMed Europe offers a wide spectrum of presentations and workshops on today’s most pressing environmental issues, presented by leading international experts and organisations. Founded in 2001 by the non-profit organization Health Care Without Harm, the conference serves as a clearing house for cutting-edge practices related to designing and building greener hospitals, creating healthier food systems and promoting preventive medicine. For more information and to register visit: www.cleanmedeurope.org
1 July– Nürnberg, Germany: Conference on heavy metals and chronic diseases: new therapeutic approaches The German organization, VHUE brings together people whose health has been affected by environmental pollution. The conference is an initiative by stakeholders and environmental and medical experts to inform and help with the linking together of various therapies. More details (in German) at: http://www.umweltbedingt-erkrankte.de/termine
3 July 2012 - Brussels, Belgium: Press Conference of the Green 10 on a mid-term review of the European Commission’s environmental track record
Green 10, a coalition of Europe’s leading environmental organisations, which includes HEAL, with a membership of over 20 million people, invites you to the ‘opening ceremony’ of "Team Barroso: OFF THEIR GAME"
Europe’s environmental groups will issue a critical assessment of the Commission’s performance in nine EU policy fields with impacts on the environment, reviewing the track record of 13 Commissioners and Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
HEAL will be one of the speakers to discuss the health effects of environmental pollution.
A ‘sporting’ photo/video opportunity will follow the press conference.
More details at: http://brusselspressclub.eu/index.p...
RSVP by 2 July to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6-11 July 2012 - Cape Town, South Africa: The Third Peoples Health Assembly (PHA3)
The People’s Health Assembly provides a unique space for strengthening solidarity, sharing experiences, mutual learning and joint strategizing for future actions. It is an assembly for and by people’s rather than an international event organized by global structures.
Details at: http://www.phmovement.org/en/pha3
25 July 2012 – CHE Conference Call: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - New Directions in Science and Policy
This call organized by the US Collaborative on Health and Environment (CHE) will discuss the overwhelming scientific evidence indicating that the presence of infinitesimally small quantities of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the womb can interfere with the normal signaling systems that determine every aspect of embryonic and fetal development.
For more details: http://www.healthandenvironment.org/partnership_calls/10952
4-6 June - Bonn, Germany: Climate change and health: Lessons learnt in the WHO European Region
The purpose of the meeting in Bonn is to review the implementation of action at national and regional levels, exchange experience and knowledge as well as discuss next steps. In Parma, Ministers also endorsed the regional framework for action on climate change entitled “Protecting health in an environment challenged by climate change”.
4-6 June – France: World Environment Day: Talking Health!
Le Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) and la Mutuelle Familiale are organizing different events across France from 4 - 6 June 2012. They want to address various health issues, including endocrine disruptors. The World Environment Day (5 June) is an opportune moment to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action.
More information at: http://reseau-environnement-sante.fr/
6 June - Brussels, Belgium: EPHA Annual Conference 2012 - Restructuring health systems: How to promote health in times of austerity?
EPHA is organising its 2012 Annual Conference on "Restructuring Health Systems: How to promote health in times of austerity?", hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee. Open to all and free of charge, the deadline to register is the 16 May 2012.
The Conference aims to assess how the current crisis and its policy responses impact on health systems and how the crisis could be managed in the future so as to promote better health outcomes for all. Health Commissioner John Dalli, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director for the WHO Europe, and Sanjeev Gupta, International Monetary Fund will take part in the debate and discus with civil society organizations the impact of the crisis and the way forward. Among others: trade unions, international national and regional authorities, social, health and environment civil society organizations, and EU decision makers are invited to the event.
View the Agenda and Register at: www.epha.org/a/5080
11-12 June - Utrecht, Netherlands: ESCAPE meeting
The ESCAPE study investigates long-term effects on human health of exposure to air pollution in Europe. The overall strategy is to efficiently utilize health and confounder data from European cohort studies.
More information at: http://www.escapeproject.eu/
13-14 June - Paris, France: ERA-ENVHEALTH meeting
If your organisation is active in the Environment and Health (E&H) field, or you are an active stakeholder in E&H in Europe, join the ERA-ENVHEALTH final conference to share experiences and take part in high-level discussions on E&H research and policy in Europe.
14 June - Parma, Italy: EFSA’s 17th Scientific Colloquium on low dose response in toxicology and risk assessment
At the international conference experts will be gathering for an open scientific debate on key issues related to the current state of the art in low dose response in toxicology, to discuss current challenges and to identify ways of further enhancing the process of risk assessment in the European Union.
15 June - Stockholm, Sweden: Why are we concerned about endocrine disruptors?
The Toxicological Council and the Swedish Research Council invite you to a workshop to present several experts of the UNEP/WHO working groups on endocrine disruptors, as well as hear further input by experts. Issues to be discussed include hormonal effects based on combination effects of chemicals, the issue of EDC influence on public health, diseases and disorders and the effects of EDCs on both males’ and females’ reproductive systems.
20-22 June 2012 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20
The conference will review the progress on achieving sustainable development 20 years after the 1992 Rio Conference and aims to reach concrete agreements among governments on key environmental challenges. HEAL gave a response to the consultation that was made highlighting “health” needs to be central process and outcome, giving 4 concrete ways forward to achieve this.
Details at: www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=14
28 June – Webinar (18h CEST Geneva): “Cutting carbon, improving health”
This webinar is the 3rd in a series on climate change and health, jointly organised by the World Health Organization, Health Canada and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), which will consider the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation policies. Register here
3 May - Brussels, Belgium: High level Conference on EU Health Programmes: results and future perspectives
The conference is organised jointly by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and its Executive Agency. On this occasion the results and success stories from the first and second Health Programmes will be presented. There will also be the opportunity to share views and build consensus for the future third programme, which is currently under discussion at the Council and in the European Parliament.
10 May - WHO series on Climate change and Health webinar: The role of health in sustainable development: Focus on Rio+20
This second WHO/IFMSA/Health Canada webinar seminar, will outline how the thinking about health and development has evolved since the first Rio conference to greater awareness of the linkages between health, environment, including the health co-benefits of certain climate change strategies, how health behaviour can be influenced by the environment, as well as the importance of social determinants of health and access to health coverage, as the defining factors influencing the rates of non-communicable diseases and diseases of poverty.
Details at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/144581889
14-16 May 2012 – Paris, France: Conference on Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX)
The theme for this 3rd PPTOX conference is “Environmental Stressors in the Developmental Origins of Disease: Evidence and Mechanisms”. It focuses on how environmental exposures and nutrients during development contribute to or affect development of diseases/dysfunctions later in life. The aim is to review the current literature, identify mechanisms for the effects, to integrate the basic and applied science and identify research gaps and challenges. HEAL will be attending the conference and expect several of our member organisations also present. Deadline for standard abstract submissions is 22 March 2012.
Details at: www.toxicology.org/ai/meet/cct_pptoxiii.asp
16-18 May – Madrid, Spain: Congress on Risks for Public Health & the Environment
This conference will be exploring concerns that current methods and the institutions assessing environmental-health risks are not able to cope with the interrelated complexities and uncertainties. As scientific concepts and paradigms must be independent from the interests and influence of the promoters of technologies, the discussion will revolve around how risk assessment should extend beyond networks of narrow elites to open to wider groups of stakeholders. The event is organized by the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and HEAL member Fundacion Viv Sano-HDO. HEAL is also a supporter of this conference.
Learn more at: www.health-defense.org/node/4
31 May - 1 June - the Hague, Netherlands: Extraordinary second meeting of the European Environment and Health Task Force on Parma follow-up indicators
10 April - Paris, France: Conference on fertility, phthalates and EDCs
Le Réseau Environnement Santé and WECF France are holding a meeting with US scientist Shanna Swan, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, entitled « Hold-up sur la fertilité ! Phtalates et perturbateurs endocriniens : de la recherche scientifique à l’action ». On the agenda for discussion is the regulatory framework, the cocktail effect, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (ECDs). Taking the example of phthalates, a family of chemicals that have become emblematic of the health effects attributed to EDCs, this conference aims to bring participants up to date with scientific knowledge and how best to translate the findings into preventive action at the national and community levels.
The programme can be found here
11-13 April - Taipei, Taiwan: 20th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH)
The International HPH Network is a "network of networks", made up of more than 800 hospitals and health services in more than 40 countries. This conference will be the first of its kind ever outside Europe and will hold many activities related to health and the impacts of environmental harm on humans. It is co-organized by international advocate group Health Care Without Harm.
Learn more at: www.hph2012.com
17 April – France : Documentary release of “La mort est dans le pré”
Directed by Eric Guéret, this 52-minute documentary follows the stories of some of the members of the “Phyto victimes” (www.phyto-victimes.fr) association in France, a network of farmers affected by exposure to pesticides.
“The slow accumulation of pesticides in my body has prompted a cancer that has deprived me of the use of my legs,” 48 year-old Denis Camuset tells the interviewer. From his wheelchair, he continues to work as a farmer on his 78 hectares of land. Indeed, he now hopes to convert his farm to organic production.
But the film makes clear the "chemical trap" of agriculture based on pesticides use that is laid for farmers and their difficulties in getting out of a system that locks them in with equipment and loans. Despite this, farmers are beginning to talk when they fall ill as a result of exposure pesticides, often products that they have been spraying for years. In the past, farmers have remained silent about their problems.
The film is sad but it is also uplifting. It shows that sharing problems has help some of those affected with achieving recognition of their conditions as professional diseases.
View extracts and an interview with the director and narrator of the film here
24-26 April 2012 –London, UK: Conference on early exposure of childhood cancer
This conference will start by surveying the incidence, treatment and survival of childhood cancer and then move on to more topics, including exposure to specific agents, genetic and epigenetic effects and exposure pathways. Sessions 6 & 7 are on - Radiation and childhood cancer (including EMF); Sessions 8 and 9 - Chemical pollutants in air, food and water (air pollution, pesticides, biomarkers of exposure), and Session 11 on Exposure pathways (bystander effect, transplacental transfer, and more). The final panel discussion on will be on precaution, led by the question "In terms of public health policy what positive steps can be taken to reduce the risk of childhood cancer?" Conference organisers are inviting submissions for abstracts for both poster and platform presentation by 12 January 2012.
Details at: www.childhoodcancer2012.org.uk
1-2 March - Climate Change and Health Effects Workshop
As Europe’s citizens are concerned about the impact that climate change can have on their health and expect policy makers to act, a project, called Climate-TRAP, has been developed. The project is coordinated by HEAL Vice President Peter van den Hazel representing the Public Health Services Gelderland-Midden (HGM). Climate-TRAP results will play a pivotal role in strengthening existing warning systems and the Health Sector in its preparedness for facing the health impact of climate change. This event will review the impact climate change has on health, how we can prepare to mitigate further concerns, and what guidelines and good examples can be used.
Details at www.climatetrap.eu
10 March 2012 - Brussels, Belgium: Screening of Notre Poison Quotidien directed by Marie Monique Robin
This film is an examination of some of the complex science and conflicts of interest that determine how chemical "safety" is decided and the role of industry in this process. A debate will follow on "The health of big business" with guests Jean-Philippe Ducart, a spokesperson for Test-Achats and Valerie Xhonneux, HEAL Executive Committee member of HEAL Member organisation Inter-Environnement Wallonie.
Learn more at: http://bxl.attac.be/spip/index.php
March - European Cancer and Environment Research Institute (ECERI) Meeting
ECERI will be gathering this spring to further study medical and scientific links between cancer and environment.
Details at: http://eceri-institute.org
14-15 March 2012 – Copenhagen, Denmark Conference on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance - Time for Joint Action
In a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Danish EU Presidency will host a conference which will focus on the use of antimicrobials in both human and veterinary medicine. The conference will aim to address the challenges of AMR and how to tackle this microbial threat at EU level by reviewing the situation, exchanging best practices and discussing possible solutions – actions that work.
Details at: http://eu2012.dk/en/Meetings/Confer...
21 March - European Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Coalition Launch
This lunch meeting aims to raise awareness on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its alarming impact on health system levels by presenting key data, prevalence figures, and examples of effective political actions to tackle the issues. The event is hosted by Glennis Willmott MEP (S&D, UK) and organised by the European COPD Coalition (ECC) with the support of HEAL member European Public Health Alliance.
Details at: www.copdcoalition.eu
20-30 March 2012 – Europe-wide: Pesticide Action Week
The 7th edition of the Pesticides Alternatives Week will take place in March, with activities in many countries in Europe and internationally. The week aims to raise awareness on the health and environment risks of synthetic pesticides, highlight alternative solutions, and build a global grassroots movement for a pesticide-free world. On 23+24 March, a conference in Paris will bring together farmers and others whose health has been affected by pesticides, organised by HEAL member Générations Futures, where HEAL will be speaking on health impacts of pesticides and policies to reduce their use.
23-24 March - Congress: “Pesticides and Health: Options for improvements?”
As part of the Pesticides Action Week, HEAL member Generations Futures is organising a national conference on pesticides and health. It aims to bring the voice of health-affected groups to the debate in an event that will hear about health risks, the alternatives to pesticides, and the necessary political action. It is co-sponsored by several organisations, including the Phyto-Victimes network and HEAL, and represents a response to the overwhelming interest and support received from all corners of France on how pesticides are affecting health and what can be done about it. Learn more …
26-29 March – London, United Kingdom: Planet under Pressure
This conference will draw together a wide range of stakeholders from international global change communities, policy, development, finance, business and the wider non-government sector. A workshop will be held on Health and security benefits of a low-carbon economy.
29 March - Paris: Sustainable development in health - Investing today to save tomorrow
HEAL Member, Comité pour le Développement Durable en Santé (C2DS) is holding its 6th Agora event on health and sustainability. It includes a round table discussing how financing the costs of renovating buildings could be more energy efficient, reducing carbon emissions, and developing healthier air quality, both indoor and outdoor.
Learn more at: http://c2ds.eu/actualite.php
23 February - Indoor air quality: Radon Prevention and Remediation Workshop
Radon from rock formations beneath buildings is still a major source of concern for indoor air quality and related health effects in Europe. The Steering Committee of the Radon Prevention and Remediation (RADPAR) project invites all to participate in a workshop dedicated to this issue. A key objective is to gain a better understanding of the health risks related to radon in the indoor environment and play a key role towards radon prevention and remediation.
Details at: http://web.jrc.ec.europa.eu/radpar
11 January 2012 – Brussels, Belgium: Roundtable discussion on Noise protection in Europe
Panel discussion on the European noise policies – EU Environmental Noise Directive and noise reduction at source – at the representation of Rhineland-Palatinate in Brussels. HEAL will be highlighting the health impacts of noise pollution and prevention opportunities.
Details soon at: www.mulewf.rlp.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungen/
14-16 November Lodz, Poland: 6th International Conference on Children’s health and the environment
From 14-16 November, the 6th International Conference on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety will take place in Lodz, Poland, organized by HEAL member International Network on Children’s Health Environment and Safety (INCHES). The conference is a key opportunity to hear the latest research findings in children’s environment and health and to discuss with health experts, scientists and policy-makers.
HEAL will be hosting a workshop on: “Science to policy: strengthening EU environmental policies to protect children’s health”. A specific focus will be how to reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Learn more at: www.cehn.org/files/INCHES_Lodz_Poland.pdf
22 November Brussels, Belgium: EFA Respiratory Allergy Book Launch event
The European Federation of Allergy & Airways Diseases Patients´ Association (EFA) is hosting an event at the European Parliament in Brussels along with Mrs. Elisabetta Gardina (MEP) to mark the launch of its book on respiratory allergies. While respiratory allergies remain the most common within Europe and worldwide, they are often underestimated, under diagnosed and undertreated despite their impact on health. During this event, EFA aims to positively inform about the need for increased awareness and control of respiratory allergies and call for the adoption of allergy programmes across the EU to reduce the burden of the disease on individuals and societies. The event will gather various stakeholders at different levels, including MEPs, EU officials, patient and medical communities to address this major health challenge. HEAL will be attending.
Learn more at: www.efanet.org
28 November - 9 December Durban, South Africa: UN Climate Change Conference - COP 17 Discussions
The UNFCC conference in Durban this year will bring together representatives of the world’s governments, international organizations and civil society. HEAL is sending a delegation to represent its work on climate and health along with that of its members.
On the delegation: Juliet Duff from the Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association (IDEA), Professor Hugh Edward Montgomery from the UCL Institute for Global Health, Elizabeth Finch who is a medical student also from the UCL Institute for Global Health, as well as Pendo Maro from HEAL and Health Care Without Harm – Europe. HEAL will have a booth for providing evidence of health issues related to climate for UN negotiations with materials for public education and policy-makers to build a: Healthy Planet, Healthy People. HEAL is also jointly providing a side event on Climate Change and Public Health: Healthy Climate, Healthy People, Healthy Economy.
Learn more at: http://unfccc.int/2860.php
6 - 7 October Brussels - HEAL Annual General Assembly (AGA) - Brussels, Belgium
17 October London, UK - The Health and Security Perspectives of Climate Change - How to secure our future wellbeing
This conference will bring together high level climate, health and security specialists to discuss joined up strategies and policies for addressing this threat in the run up to the Durban Climate negotiations in December. HEAL is one of the partners for the conference. View programme and register for the conference at http://climatechange.bmj.com.
12-13 September – Barcelona, Spain: Plenary meeting of European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects – ESCAPE HEAL is on the advisory board of this EU funded project. The ESCAPE meeting will precede the ISEE conference.
13-16 September – Barcelona, Spain: 23rd Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology - ISEE Specific themes to be discussed in the conference include Sustainable transport and health: impact of transport on health and approaches to reduce health impacts, Impact of climate change: from water scarcity to Saharan dust episodes, Early exposure - later life: in utero and early life exposures and effects in later life, and New methods and technologies. HEAL participated in a symposium on cancer and chemicals.
24-28 September: European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The congress will see the world’s respiratory experts meet to exchange views and share knowledge. Registration now open.
6 July: European Network on Noise and Health (ENNAH) final conference, Brussels, Belgium.. The conference will present recommendations and policy implications of ENNAH’s findings. The network of 33 partners from 16 countries evaluated the research use of noise maps and actions plans, formulated points for future research directions and informed the development of the European Noise Directive.
6-17 June: UN Climate Change Conference June 2011, Bonn, Germany. Prof. Hugh Montgomery from the University College London will be representing HEAL at this year’s UNFCCC Bonn climate conference. He will bring the voice of the health community to international policy makers, calling for policies that protect people’s health as well as the environment. Prof. Montgomery has strong experience of work in this field and was also part of the HEAL delegation in last year’s climate talks in Cancun. Watch Hugh in action here...
13-17 June: WHO Global Health Council: Securing a healthier future in a changing world Washington D.C., US.