Brazil "Health in Debate" Publishes Special Edition about Health and Sustainable Development
The PAHO/WHO manager of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, Luiz Augusto Galvão, attended the launch of a special edition of "Health in Debate"(Saúde em Debate), with the theme "Health, development and sustainability: challenges for Rio +20". The launch did not take place in a closed office, but in one of the several open tents built in Parque do Flamengo to host the "People's Summit", a series of debates and conferences open to all sectors of society. Many Brazilian public health authorities attended the launch, including José Noronha, director of Brazilian Center for Health Studies (CEBES), publisher of "Health in Debate", Ary Carvalho, CEBES board member , and Paulo Gadelha, president of Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).
The special edition proposes a reassessment of the enviromental health of Brazil and the world. According to the editors, Brazil should play a leading role in the development of alternatives for the current unsustainable consumption patterns, whereas the United Nations system should be strengthened to help implement international agreements and monitor the commitments. The special edition of "Health in Debate", when published will be available online!