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HEAL Newsflash - November 2014

A New Impetus for Europe: Actions and Priorities for the new EU Commission
The Green 10 published a briefing for EU Commission President Juncker with five urgent actions to be undertaken in 2015 and 10 priorities for his five year mandate. Read more…

EU Health Community on regulating health for the public good
HEAL is one of the NGO signatories of a joint statement welcoming the announcement to move pharmaceutical and medical devices back where it belongs in the Commission’s health directorate. Read more…

Green10: environmental and health principles for TTIP
Limited information emerging from the ongoing TTIP negotiations reveals the risk that this project will reverse recent environmental and social achievements in Europe, and make future environmental and social progress more difficult on both sides of the North Atlantic. Read more…

HEAL Vice President to speak at Paris Appeal Congress
On 14 November, HEAL’s Vice-President Marie-Christine Dewolf will speak at the Fourth Anniversary Congress on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Paris Appeal, organised by HEAL member ARTAC. Read more...

Several Member States urge EU action on EDCs
A group of European environment ministers have called on the EU Commission to strengthen its chemical legislation particularly regarding the regulation of EDCs and nanomaterials. Read more…

“Getting Ready for Baby campaign” launched
HEAL is one of 70 organisations supporting a US campaign to get baby-focused retailers to commit to getting rid of some of the most hazardous chemicals in their products. Read more...

Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health
HEAL participated at the fourth PPTOX conference in Boston on prenatal programming and toxicity, looking at the fetal and early postnatal development origins of health and disease. Read more...

Public consultation on EDC criteria
The EU Commission’s public consultation on the criteria to be used to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals in the EU biocides and pesticides legislation is open until 16 January 2015. Read more...

Conference on hormone associated cancers and EDCs in French Senate
In order to understand the increase of breast cancer cases in France, environmental factors especially EDCs exposure need to be taken in to account. This was the central theme of a recent conference in which HEAL participated. Read more…

Climate and Health Summit 2014
This year’s Climate and Health Summit organised by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), of which HEAL is a member takes place alongside the official UN International Climate negotiations (UNFCCC COP20) in Peru, Lima. Read more…

2030 climate targets should be increased for health protection
EU leaders recently endorsed the climate and energy targets for 2030. A binding EU target of an at least 40% will be insufficient to keep global warming in the 2 degree path or to achieve the EU objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. Read more…

Air quality research suggests major benefits for children
New research shows that children born to mothers exposed to high levels of PAHs in air pollution during pregnancy are five times more likely to show symptoms that characterise attention deficit disorder. Given the high costs of treating ADHD, it makes health and economic sense for the EU to advance on new air pollution rules. Read more…

Joint position paper on the revision of the NEC Directive
In December 2013, the EU Commission adopted a package to improve air quality in Europe, with the proposal for new emission caps under the National Emission Ceilings Directive at the core. An ambitious NEC is key to improving air quality all over Europe, for the benefit of citizens’ health. Read more…

Upcoming air quality conference in Warsaw
On 4 December, HEAL in Poland will bring together leading health experts, medical institutions and policy-makers to discuss the latest science on air pollution in Poland, and ways to improve the air. Read more…

HEAL presents health evidence in the Polish Parliament
On 6 November HEAL in Poland spoke at a conference on health protection and the coal-based development model of Poland, organised under an official patronage of MP Anna Grodzka. Read more…

Governments urged to speed up ratification process of Minamata Convention The new UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics Baskut Tuncak, has called on governments to expedite the ratification process of the Minamata Convention, on the eve of a key meeting of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury. Read more…


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Events

November 2014

  • 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, Bonn, Germany: Meeting of the WHO Network on Environmental Health Economics
  • 29, Paris, France: Environmental conference on French environment and health action plan

    December 2014

  • 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

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HEAL tweets

  • @WWFEU’s Director Tony Long gives speech on behalf of #Green10 coalition at our reception now with #MEPs #Green10atEP @Europarl_EN
  • Thanks @JanezPotocnikEU "#EDCs are a serious story. They deserve attention..it’s important that future steps be taken” See @chemicalwatch
  • History is being made at the #Climate2014 Summit in New York. Follow @Climate2014Live for live updates
  • Dear Pres @JunckerEU New @EU_Commission sidelines #health protection of citizens from env threats.Read the G10 letter #Chemicals:Top env #health worry of Europeans.
  • Check out the Healthy Lungs for Life FB group to see our #BreatheCleanAir photobooth pics
  • Improving #airquality in Europe is essential for #health protection. Consult toolkit

Originally posted on 14 November 2014

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