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Initiativ Liewesufank reports on WHA executive board meeting

At a recent meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) Executive board, Maryse Arendt from Initiativ Liewensufank, a HEAL member from Luxemburg representing the International Lactation Consultants Association at the WHA, prepared a statement (see below) on Climate change and Health. She highlighted the availability of operational guidance and training material for infant feeding in emergencies which can also be used in case of natural disasters caused by climate change.

She was not allowed to deliver the statement but the technical staff showed interest in including references into their list of documents for strengthening health systems preparedness to cope with the health threats posed by climate change. She will follow up this discussion in May.

During the same meeting, the delegation of Slovenia supported by others asked to include an item on the Strategic Approach to chemicals management for the upcoming meeting of WHA in May 2009. As the SAICM will have a high level meeting in Geneva before the WHA, this would enhance the collaboration between SAICM and WHO. Slovenia is concerned by the worldwide increase in the use of pesticides and the huge stock of obsolete pesticides around the world, an important part of which is located in Eastern Europe. They are ready to prepare a draft resolution on obsolete chemicals to be considered by the WHA. After some discussion and in spite of the opposition of the USA and the Bahamas, it was decided to include this item on the agenda of the upcoming World Health Assembly in May 2009.

Last updated on 18 May 2011

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