Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health
On 23 September 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations will host the Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York, with the objectives of boosting ambition and rapidly accelerating action to implement the Paris Agreement. It is the most important political platform to launch initiatives addressing the health impacts of climate change, and to significantly raise the visibility of the health-climate nexus. Together with Spain and Peru, who are spearheading the development of the social and political drivers (SPD) track of the Climate Action Summit, WHO is inviting national and subnational Governments to sign up to strong health commitments in addressing air pollution and climate change together, through its clean air initiative.
Weak systems and funding gaps jeopardize drinking-water and sanitation in the world’s poorest countries
28 August 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and UN-Water today sounded the alarm for an urgent increase in investment in strong drinking-water and sanitation systems. The call came as the international water sector meets in Stockholm for its annual conference during World Water Week 2019 (25–30 August 2019). It is triggered by a new report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water, which reveals that weak government systems and a lack of human resources and funds are jeopardizing the delivery of water and sanitation services in the world’s poorest countries – and undermining efforts to ensure health for all.
22 August 2019, Geneva – The World Health Organization (WHO) today calls for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure.
According to the analysis which summarizes the latest knowledge on microplastics in drinking-water, microplastics larger than 150 micrometres are not likely to be absorbed in the human body and uptake of smaller particles is expected to be limited.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society.
To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September to meet the climate challenge.
The Summit will showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda.
25 June 2019 – Every year, high temperatures affect the health of many people, and are becoming more extreme and frequent due to climate change.
Older people, infants, people who work outdoors and those who are chronically ill, are particularly at risk.
Heat can trigger exhaustion or heat stroke, and can worsen existing conditions such as cardiovascular, respiratory and kidney diseases, and mental disorders.
Yet the adverse health effects of hot weather are largely preventable through good health practices.
With extreme hot weather currently experienced or forecast in Asia and Europe, we urge you to be prepared for heatwaves and the possible health consequences of heat exposure.
18 June 2019, New York/Geneva - Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services, 4.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services, and 3 billion lack basic handwashing facilities.
The Joint Monitoring Programme report, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities finds that, while significant progress has been made toward achieving universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene, there are huge gaps in the quality of services provided.
With 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathing polluted air, the United Nations Environment is focusing on tackling the growing yet overlooked threat of air pollution, for this year’s World Environment Day. Each year on World Environment Day, thousands of cities, schools, non-governmental organizations, businesses and groups organize creative and fun events to inspire further action. Several cities are pledging to join BreatheLife--making an ongoing commitment to meet WHO air quality guideline, as part of World Environment Day. Register your event and explore the over 1,500 events happening around the globe.
Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly, 20-28 May 2019
The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 72st Annual World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place from 20 to 28 May 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Assembly is WHO’s highest decision-making body, setting out the Organization’s policy and approving its budget.
The general theme of this year’s World Health Assembly is Universal Health Coverage: Leaving no-one behind”.
The WHA will discuss 4 agenda items related to health, environment and climate change.
Highlighted key area/topicAir pollution » Chemical safety » Climate change » Occupational health » Social determinants of health » Water, sanitation and health »
By focusing on reducing environmental and social risk factors, nearly a quarter of the global burden of disease can be prevented. Examples include promoting safe household water storage, better hygiene measures, safer management of toxic substances in the home and workplace.
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