Friday, March 2, 2012

[EQ] Employment and working conditions for Sustainable Development - Online seminar - 7 March 2012

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

Employment and working conditions for Sustainable Development

Fifth Seminar: 7 March 2012PAHO/WHO Rio+20

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

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“….There are 468 million people working in the Americas; 283 million (two thirds) are located in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Of the 283 million, about 52% work in the informal economy, where working conditions are often poor, and employment benefits are nonexistent. This situation has a major impact on the health and the quality of life of working men and women, resulting in health inequities that adversely affect sustainable development, and threaten the productivity and prosperity of the Region. …” ….EMCONET:


12:00 - Welcome and introduction
Dr. Julietta Rodriguez-Guzman, Regional Advisor on Workers’ Health, PAHO/WHO.

12:05 - Employment, working conditions and health: a global approach:

Prof. Carles Muntaner, Full Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and School of Medicine,
University of Toronto; Adjunct Professor, Department of Mental Health, John Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

12:35 - Comments:
Prof. Vilma Santana, Institute of Collective Health, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.

12:45 - Questions and Answers.

13:00 - Closing remarks.

Moderador: Dr. Julietta Rodriguez-Guzman, Regional Advisor on Workers’ Health, PAHO/WHO.

How to participate:

In person:
525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037
Room 812 – 12h to 13h Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:

- Spanish room: 

- English room

In Spanish: Foreword of the book:
Employment, work and health inequalities: a global vision


Foreword of the book:
PDF [11p.] at:

Joan Benach y Carles Muntaner con Orielle Solar, Vilma Santana y Michael Quinlan y la Employment Conditions Network
Grup de Recerca de Desigualtats en Salut - Employment Conditions Network (GREDS-EMCONET), Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, España;Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canadá Ministerio de Salud, Secretaría Técnica de Determinantes Sociales de la Salud / Escuela de Salud pública, Universidad Mayor, Chile ;Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brasil; School of Organisation and Management, University of New South Wales, Australia / Work and Health Research Team, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia / Business School, Middlesex University, Reino Unido

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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