Virtual Seminar Series towards Rio+20

Sustainable Development and Environmental Health

“Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development.  They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature…”
               Principle 1 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992

The Environmental and Occupational Risks Program of the Sustainable Development and Environmental Health Area is carrying out a seminar series on several topics that promote the population’s health in the Region via video streaming and web-based conferencing systems.  Thus far, the virtual event has gathered over 300 people in only five seminars in topics such as “Public Health Challenges and Sustainable Development,” “Water and Sanitation in the Latin America and the Caribbean,” “Climate Change and health in the context of Rio+20,” “An overview of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization,” and “Employment and working conditions for Sustainable Development.”

The Rio Declaration of 1992 recognizes that healthy populations are central to human progress and sustainable development, and remains equally true today. However, the economic pillar has been prioritized at the expense of the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development over the last few decades, becoming itself a source of volatility and destabilization.  The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, now offers an opportunity to re-examine the relationship between health and sustainable development.

The SDE Seminar series towards Rio+20 aim at contributing to this important debate by bringing different themes of relevance to sustainable development and health to inform all areas of the Pan American Organization about the themes under discussion in the Rio Conference, and also to inform public health stakeholders and other decision makers in the health sector, to better take part in the debate.

The SDE Seminar series is taken place virtually every Wednesday from 12:00 n to 1:00 pm (EST) until 13 June 2012.  All Seminars are being transmitted live via LiveStream and Elluminate Live.

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