Friday, February 24, 2012

[EQ] Amazon Region: Environment and Health in the Context of Sustainable Development - Online seminar February 29, 2012

SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE -  PAHO/WHO

Amazon Region: Environment and Health in the Context of Sustainable Development:
An overview of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization

Fourth Seminar: February 29, 2012PAHO/WHO Rio+20

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Eastern Standard Time (Washington DC USA)

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·         The Amazon Cooperation Treaty (ACT), signed in July 1978 by Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, is the legal instrument that recognizes the transboundary nature of the Amazon.

·         Health plays a vital role in sustainable human development and is therefore one of the main challenges of the Amazon.

·         The Amazon Basin’s biological diversity is staggering. It holds the largest area of contiguous tropical forest in the world

·         Link to Declaration on Rio+20 adopted at the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, in Manaus, Brazil, last November


12:00 - Welcome and introduction
           Dr Agnes Soares, Regional Advisor in Environmental Epidemiology, PAHO/WHO

12:05 - Strategic guidelines of the Organization of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty for Rio+20
 Ambassador Dr Mauricio Dorfler, Executive Director, ACTO

12:15 - Health and Sustainable Development in the Amazon countries
           Dr Antonio Restrepo Botero, Health Coordinator, Permanent Secretariat, Organization of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty and
           Executive Secretary of the Pan Amazonian Science and Health  Technology & Innovation Network.

12:25 - Environmental Health Surveillance 
Dr Luis Francisco Sanchez Otero, Coordinator, Environmental Health Surveillance System Project in the Amazon Region

12:35 – Commments
            Lucimar Cosser Cannon, Advisor PAHO/WHO

Moderador: Dr Agnes Soares, Regional Advisor in Environmental Epidemiology, PAHO/WHO

How to participate:

In person:
525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037
Room C – 12h to 13h Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:

- Spanish room: 

- English room

SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

"Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development.
They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature" - Principle 1 of the Rio…..”
Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992.

The Rio Declaration of 1992 recognizes that healthy populations are central to human progress and sustainable development, and remains equally true today. However, the economic pillar has been prioritized at the expense of the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development over the last few decades, becoming itself a source of volatility and destabilization .

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development , Rio+20, now offers an opportunity to re-examine the relationship between health and sustainable development. The proposed SDE Seminar series towards Rio+20 aim at contributing to this important debate by bringing different themes of relevance to sustainable development and health to inform all areas of the Pan American Organization about the themes under discussion in the Rio Conference, but also to inform public health stakeholders and other decision makers in the health sector, to better take part in the debate.

The SDE Seminar series will happen every Wednesday   from 12 to 1pm (Washington time), from February 8 to June 13th.

All Seminars will be life-streamed, and opened for participation in person at the PAHO/WHO HQ, or via Elluminate, or via telephone line.
Some of the Seminars will be in English, others in Spanish.

For those who cannot follow the seminar alive, they will be available later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit at:

Contact Information: Dr. Agnes Soares


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