HEAL Newsflash - November 2011
Environment & health
The first meeting of the high level WHO European Environment and Health Task Force (EEHTF) took place in Bled, Slovenia and HEAL provided expertise on chronic disease and environmental prevention, energy options and public health implications, climate and Sustainable Development. Learn more.
HEAL has given input into the preparation process for Rio+20, a conference which will review progress on achieving sustainable development 20 years after the original 1992 Rio de Janeiro conference. The conference will take place in Rio, 4-6 June 2012. There are many reasons why “health” needs to be central to the Rio+20 process and four concrete ways to achieve this. Learn more.
The European Union funded COPHES project, which is developing a framework for EU Human Biomonitoring (HBM), is holding a week of activities from 28 November to 2 December. Learn more.
Environment and health groups welcome the French National Assembly’s vote to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in all food contact materials from 2014. The decision, which now goes to the French Senate, followed the publication of a report by the French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labour (ANSES). The report stated that low dose exposure to BPA resulted in health effects in sensitive populations. Learn more.
Genon Jensen and Lisette van Vliet from HEAL are interviewed as representatives of citizens’ and scientists’ groups in the Swiss television documentary, “Les citoyens contre le cancer - Citizens against cancer, Temps Present, TSR, 2011 (available for viewing online, see below) as a result of HEAL’s work on Environmental Prevention of Cancer during the Paris Appeal Third International Congress. Learn more.
When the European Commission released its new proposal for future of EU farm subsidies and agricultural production, HEAL welcomed certain elements but said it did not go far enough on reducing farming’s dependency on pesticides and other chemicals. Learn more.
HEAL is involved in supporting three initiatives aimed at raising awareness on health and climate change in the lead-up to the Durban climate change talks in November 2011. Learn more.
Air pollution in Europe continues to be a massive public health problem, so it is good to see that air quality is receiving increased political attention. HEAL is part of a DG Environment stakeholder group, which has been formed as part of the review process of EU air policy. Learn more.
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- 12 December Paris, France (Cité Universitaire Internationale): International Symposium "Cancers and Environmental Exposure"
The European Chemicals Agency is conducting a public consultation on a proposed ban of certain articles containing a combination of four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP). This consultation is very important as it is the first proposal for a ban under REACH of several chemicals in certain consumer products due to their combined effects. Read more.
This far reaching statement was issued at a conference on the health and security implications of climate change in London on 17th October 2011, and signed by leading scientists, doctors and advocacy groups. Add your name to this growing list before the Durban climate negotiations. Sign up here.
WECF together with HEAL are working to build examples of Good Practices on youth and children’s involvement in environment and health issues, following a project by UNEP in cooperation with other international organisations involved in the Health & Environment policy process. Read more and submit examples here.
- Strong climate legislation prevents chronic disease, interview on Global Campaign for Climate Action
- IEE political action on sustainable health: Nordic cooperation launches “One Health from a Nordic perspective”
Last updated on 15 November 2011