Friday, March 23, 2012

[EQ] Road Safety and Public Transportation towards Sustainable Development

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

Road Safety and Public Transportation towards Sustainable Development:
an agenda for health for Rio+20

World report on road traffic injury preventionWHO PDF [244p.] at:

28 March 2012in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish

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

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Website PAHO/WHO Rio+20 at:

“……In the Americas, traffic injuries are the leading cause of death in children aged 5 to 14, and the second leading cause of death in the group aged 15 to 44. In addition to the suffering that traffic injuries and deaths cause to victims and their families, these injuries place an excessive burden on the health services and generate a high cost for society as a whole. In the United Sates, costs related to traffic injuries were in excess of US$ 99 billion in 2005.

In that same year in Brazil, another study found that the cost of traffic injuries was $10 billion per year, equivalent to 1.2% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). In Belize, a study with data from 2007 estimates a total economic cost of $11 million, representing 0.9% of GDP.

“Road safety” is an appropriate and effective instrument for preventing these injuries, and ministries of health, in coordination with other sectors, have the responsibility of steering policies to meet the goals of preventing and controlling harm to health.

This seminar will address road safety in a perspective of social determinants of health and also will discuss how important it is to improve mass transit policies through the adoption of the principles of safety, equity, and accessibility to promote the exercise of human rights.

The health sector should promote intersectoral collaboration for the creation of mass transit systems to help diminish the use of individual motor vehicle transportation and encourage the use of safer, cleaner modes of transportation to reduce exposure to the risk of road traffic injuries, respiratory diseases caused by greenhouse gas emissions, mental health, and chronic non-communicable diseases, given the proven benefits of public transportation in terms of increasing the physical activity of the population…


12:00    Welcome and introduction:  Eugênia Rodrigues, Regional Advisor, Road Safety, PAHO/WHO.

12:05    Health Sector Contribution to Road Safety Promotion:  Philippe Lamy, PAHO/WHO Representative Mexico.

12:15    Road Safety, Public Transportation and Health:  Andrés Villaveces, Behavioral and Social sciences Researcher, Health and Infrastructure Safety and Environment Unit. RAND Corporation   

12:25    Transportation at a Crossroads: Intersecting with Health and Equity: Eloisa Raynault, Transportation, Health and Equity Program Manager, American Public Health Association.

12:35 – Comments:  Claudia Adriazola, Public Health Partner and Manager of Transportation, EMBARQ.

12:45 – Questions and Answers

1:00   - Closure

Moderator: Eugênia Rodrigues, Regional Advisor, Road Safety, PAHO/WHO website

How to participate:

In person:
525 23rd ST NW Washington DC, 20037
Room 812 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 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:



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