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HEAL president shares the European Environment and health experience in Korea

HEAL president, Peter van den Hazel, was the keynote speaker at South Korea’s 2016 International symposium on environmental health, on 7-8 December 2016 in Seoul. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Environment with the objective of moving ahead the country’s agenda in environment and health. HEAL was invited to present due to our long-standing and unique involvement in the European environment and health process and policy making.


Caption: Seoul City. Photo credit: CC/Flickr.com/Mario Sánchez Prada

HEAL president Peter van den Hazel’s presentation was entitled: “Environment and health in the European region: Success stories and development opportunities”. He spoke about the need to integrate health prevention into environmental policy and sustainable development by bringing health science to people and policy makers.

He highlighted key processes in Europe, namely the World Health Organization’s European Environment and Health Process, the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE), and the European Health and Environment Action Plan (EHAP). He presented the success factors in these processes, especially the engagement of civil society, access to information and transparency, and research to answer policy questions and to meet impact assessment needs. By adjusting these key factors to the Korean situation, he suggested that a similar environment and health process can be also adopted by the Ministry of Environment.

Originally posted on 19 December 2016

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