SDE Seminar Series towards
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE - PAHO/WHO
The voice and experience of the
Ninth Seminar: 4 April 2012 – PAHO/WHO
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Eastern Standard Time (
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“The picture of the
(From Report of the
We all know that a healthy population is an essential prerequisite for economic growth and stability of the
Additionally challenges specific to the Caribbean and
Sustainable tourism -tourism attempting to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate future employment for local people and aiming to ensure that development brings a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and the tourists themselves- is an imperative for the Caribbean countries. Any ecological or environmental crisis, be it an oil spill, a cholera outbreak or a leak of pesticides, can have a devastating effect for the environment, the inhabitants of the islands and the economy.
Finally, the speed of demographic transition in the
12:00 Welcome and introduction: Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO Representative in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos
12:05 The experience of the Caribbean in the lead up to Rio+20 and the involvement of health; Looking back and looking forward:
Henriette Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for
Patrick Martin, Chief Medical Officer,
12:35 Questions and Answers
1:00 Closing remarks and conclusions.
Moderator: Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO Representative in The
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.
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
Short Bio participants
Ms. H. Elizabeth Thompson, a former Minister for Energy and Environment of Barbados, was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Executive Coordinator for the UNCSD Rio + 20 Conference and assumed her duties in 7 December 2010. Ms. Thompson also served as Minister for Physical Development and Minister for Health. Ms. Thompson was appointed to the Barbados Senate and was a practicing attorney as well as a journalist. In addition, she was a lecturer in ecology, economy, energy and politics. Ms. Thompson graduated from the University of the West Indies and obtained an MBA, with distinction, from the
Dr. Patrick Martin, a USA Certified Paediatrician (ABP) and Physician Executive (ACPE), is the Chief Medical Officer of St Kitts and Nevis having assumed that role in October 2004.He is a graduate of the University of the Virgin islands and Howard University college of Medicine. At the regional and international levels, Dr. Martin represents
Dr. Hugh Sealy, a chemical engineer with a MSc in Environmental Pollution Science and PhD in Environmental Science is a consultant with over 25 years of experience as a project manager, a professional engineer, an environmental scientist and a university lecturer. He was the Chairman of the Barbados National Energy Policy Committee and the Chairman of the National Commission on Sustainable Development for the Government of Barbados. In January 2008, Dr. Sealy was elected as a Member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the UNFCCC. In December 2011 Dr. Sealy was reelected to the Executive Board of the CDM to serve as the Member for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Currently, Dr. Sealy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the
Dr. Rudolph Cummings MD, MPH, is Health Sector Development Programme Manager in the Directorate of Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat,
Dr. Gerry Eijkemans is currently PAHO/WHO Representative in The Bahamas and
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