Public health, environmental and social determinants of health (PHE)

WHO releases country estimates on air pollution exposure and health impact

27 September 2016 | GENEVA – A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits.

WHO launches Health in All Polices Trainers Network

July 2016 -- WHO has developed Health in All Policies trainers’ platform to facilitate the growth of institutions and trainers networks through sharing information based on regional and national common concerns and experiences. The platform is a repository of all the necessary resources (content, technical documents and preparatory training materials) from previously organized trainings, as well as a database of certified HiAP trainers and experts.

Second Global Conference on Health and Climate, 7–8 July 2016 in Paris, France

June 2016 -- WHO and the Government of France are pleased to announce the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate: Building Healthier Societies through implementation of the Paris Agreement. The conference will take place on 7–8 July 2016 in Paris, France.

Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health (PHE) during the 69th World Health Assembly

World Health Assembly plenary with delegates

The 69th World Health Assembly will be held from 23-28th May in Geneva. Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health topics to be discussed and events which will take place at the World Health Assembly include:
- Draft road map for an enhanced global response to the adverse health effects of air pollution (A69/18)
- Resolution on Role of the health sector in the sound management of chemicals (A69/19)
- Seven side events on Climate change and Health; Health in All Policies and Social Determinants of Health; Air pollution; and Water and Sanitation. (Full details below)

New update of WHO Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database

12 May 2016 -- This updated database contains results of urban outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 3000 cities in 103 countries. Air quality is represented by annual mean concentration of fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5, i.e. particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 microns).

The database aims to be representative for human exposure, and therefore primarily captures measurements from monitoring stations located in urban background, urban traffic, residential, commercial and mixed areas.


PHE monthly e-News

Each PHE e-News feature includes convenient links to the relevant topic for more detailed information, a listing of upcoming events, recent publications and links to WHO regional offices.

PHE health topics

An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments - nearly one in four of total global deaths. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.