Skip to content

Bookmark and Share

UN side events Rio+20 Conference - Water and Sustainable Development: Elimination of Cholera in The


UN side events during Rio+20 Conference

Discussion Panel

Water and Sustainable Development: Elimination of Cholera in The Hispaniola

Venue:  ISAGS

Date:  Tuesday June 19, 2012

Time: 12:00 to 14:30 hrs





The region of the Americas has evolved dramatically since the 1992 Earth Summit. It is enjoying a demographic bonus, it has become more inserted into the global economy, it has become more democratic, it has grown out of decades of economic crisis, it stronger economically, with less extreme poor but still with large economic gaps.


We acknowledge that health is at the core of sustainable development, both as being impacted by the social, environmental and economic conditions as well providing an input for development and making it sustainable.


However, developing nations are confronting a double burden of acute infections and chronic non communicable diseases that critically impede their development. The international community should use the principle of solidarity to live up to the challenge of supporting the empowering efforts of countries to raise their conditions of living.  Such is the case of the nations in Hispaniola, and of major concern the situation of Haiti.


A platform to coordinate the efforts of the countries propelled at the beginning of 2012 as a response for a Call of Action to Eliminate Cholera in Hispaniola has been established through the launching of the Coalition for the Elimination of Cholera in the Hispaniola.


General Objective:

To present the current plans on water infrastructure to confront the challenge of Cholera in the countries of the Hispaniola, address the functions and the call of the Coalition of agencies and countries established to support their efforts, and motivate the broader support for the proposed actions to follow up.


Objectives of Side Event:

1.      Present the Health and Development situation of the countries in Hispaniola, and the challenge from the recent epidemic of Cholera

2.      Present the Coalition for the Elimination of Cholera in Hispaniola, and its proposed activities

3.      To call for contributing to the countries efforts to make their development sustainable by other potential partners and actions to the Coalition



PAHO/WHO; Ministries of Health and Water responsible authorities of  Dominican Republic, Haiti; Ministry of Health of Brazil, IDB , CDC, ECLAC, UNDP-SS-GATE ; (others that might be added)



Proposed Panelists/Speakers


I.         Welcome and presentation of the Moderator



II.       The challenge cholera to development in the countries of Hispaniola

o       Ministry of Health of Brazil



III.      The National and Binational Plans to respond to the Cholera Epidemic in La Hispaniola

o       Dominican Republic National Coordinator

o       Haiti National Coordinator


IV.   The Coalition for the Elimination of Cholera in Hispaniola

o       PAHO (Coalition Temporary Secretariat)

o       Consideration by Coalition Members



V.     Calling for the support of the Coalition

o       Reaction by non-participating members: UNDP and/or others

o       Extending the challenge: water and housing , Fiocruz Foundation


VI.   Open discussion on the mechanisms for the future (Coordinator TBN)



VII.  Closing remarks, Coordinator


Product of the Side Event

·        Distribution of the Coalition Declaration

·        Highlight the challenge of developing countries for making development sustainable

·        Present the Coalition for Elimination of Cholera in Hispaniola

·        To bring attention of other potential partners and actions to the Coalition


Additional events around the session

·        Luncheon during the session


Venue:  ISAGS

Date:  Tuesday June 19, 2012

Time: 12:00 to 14:30 hrs

Contact: Vitale, Mrs. Mirriah This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel: +1-(202) 974-3000 Fax: +1-(202) 974-3663