Healthy Environments for Children Alliance

Healthy Environments for Children Alliance listserv

The Healthy Environments for Children Alliance listserv (HECANET) is an international mailing list dedicated to promoting healthy environments for children. The list provides updates on the activities of the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance (HECA), advocacy tools and information resources, relevant meeting announcements, and reports on technical research and monitoring related to environmental risks to children's health.


29-05-03

  • Update on the Ministerial Roundtables on Healthy Environments for Children
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development on Healthy Environments for Children
  • BUDAPEST2004 Listserv: Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
  • IFCS Forum IV: Events on Protecting Children from Harmful Chemical Exposures
  • HECA at the Commission on Sustainable Development Partnerships Fair

Update on the Ministerial Round Tables on Healthy Environments for Children

Four ministerial round-table discussions on healthy environments for children were held concurrently on 20 May 2003, during the Fifty-sixth World Health Assembly. Ministers of health or their representatives analysed the issue and indicated how the challenges posed by unhealthy environments could best be tackled. They shared information on best practices, identified means of overcoming major constraints and obstacles to success, highlighted essential policy interventions and action strategies, examined the role of the health and other sectors in improving children’s environmental health, and made recommendations to WHO and the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance to take forward work in this area. The main issues raised in the round tables are summarized at the below links:
English: http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/PDF/WHA56/ea56d10.pdf
Spanish: http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/PDF/WHA56/sa56d10.pdf
Francais: http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/PDF/WHA56/fa56d10.pdf
Russian: http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/PDF/WHA56/ra56d10.pdf
Arabic: http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/PDF/WHA56/aa56d10.pdf
Chinese: http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/PDF/WHA56/ca56d10.pdf

Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development on Healthy Environments for Children

In Costa Rica, a multidisciplinary didactic guide on healthy environments for children is being created using World Health Day 2003 information materials. The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education (Division of Curriculum Development and Office of Environmental Education) and PAHO/WHO Costa Rica (Environment and Health Programme) are collaborating in the design of the guide. World Health Day materials, accompanied by the curriculum guide, will be distributed to educational centres throughout the country. The guide incorporates activities in the areas of social studies, natural sciences, mathematics, and Spanish. Students will learn about healthy environments for children through field trips, research, projects, math exercises, and narration.

BUDAPEST2004 Listserv: 4TH Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

WHO Regional Office for Europe has just launched a listserv on news and developments during the build-up to the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, to be held in Budapest in June 2004. If you would like to subscribe, click on http://www.euro.who.int/budapest2004/20030423_1. "The future for our children" is the theme of the Conference. Ministers of health and of environment from 51 countries across the WHO European Region will be making decisions on children's environment and health, including the adoption of a children's environment and health action plan for Europe. How do we protect our children's health from environmental threats? This issue is moving up the political and health agenda across Europe. The Budapest Conference Web site can be found at: http://www.euro.who.int/budapest2004.

IFCS Forum IV: Events on Protecting Children from Harmful Chemical Exposures

Forum IV of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety--the theme of which is "Chemical Safety in a Vulnerable World"--will feature events on protecting children from harmful chemical exposures. The forum will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 1-7 November 2003, and will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss problems, propose innovative solutions and take action in partnership to prevent harmful exposures to chemicals in children. Events will include: 1) Honorary opening address, keynote presentation and panel emphasizing the issue of children and chemical safety; 2) presentation of the paper "Protecting children from harmful chemical exposures"; 3) an exhibit by the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance. For more information, please see: http://www.ifcs.ch.

HECA at the Commission on Sustainable Development Partnerships Fair

The World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNEP, in collaboration with stakeholders in the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance (HECA), held a panel discussion during the Partnerships Fair of CSD-11 on Wednesday 7 May 2003. The Partnerships Fair is being introduced into CSD-11 to enable those with experiences or information about sustainable development partnerships, and those who wish to become involved in such partnerships, to meet and share experiences. The event was moderated by Dr Robert Musil, Executive Director and CEO, Physicians for Social Responsibility and panelists included: Dr David Nabarro, Executive Director, Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, World Health Organization; Dr Vanessa Tobin, Chief, Water, Environment and Sanitation Section, UNICEF; Mr Adnan Amin, Director, New York Office, United Nations Environment Programme; and Ms Susan West Marmagas, Director, Environmental Health Programs, Physicians for Social Responsibility. The HECA event during the Partnerships Fair was an opportunity to present HECA, brief delegates on developments since WSSD and the outcomes of HECA alliance-building efforts, and engage in a dialogue with potential stakeholders/interested parties on opportunities for involvement and action in the global alliance. The official Web site on the Partnerships Fair can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/partnerships/csd11_partnership_fair.htm.

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