SDE seminar series towards
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE - PAHO/WHO
Road Safety and Public Transportation towards Sustainable Development:
an agenda for health for
World report on road traffic injury prevention – WHO PDF [244p.] at: http://bit.ly/GJRGOr
28 March 2012 – in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Eastern Standard Time (
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“……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
“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 http://bit.ly/GSzhxA
How to participate:
Online: via Elluminate link:
- Spanish room: www.paho.org/virtual/SeminariosSDE
- English room www.paho.org/virtual/SDESeminars
SDE Seminar Series towards
"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
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,
The SDE Seminar series will happen every Wednesday from 12 to 1pm (
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: http://bit.ly/oxoRdS
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