Friday, March 9, 2012

[EQ] The voices of civil society creating the healthy future we all want from Rio +20

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

The voices of civil society creating the healthy future we all want from Rio +20


Sixth Seminar: 14 March 2012PAHO/WHO Rio+20

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Eastern Standard Time (Washington DC USA)

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Since the first Earth Summit in 1992, people realized that sustainable development could not be achieved by governments alone. It would require the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people.


The Agenda 21 formalized nine of the so-called UN “Major Groups” as the overarching categories through which all citizens could participate in the UN activities on achieving sustainable development, among them are women, workers and trade unions, indigenous communities, youth, and NGO’s .


The theme in discussion on this seminar will be the participation of these UN Major groups in the agenda for sustainable development.



12:00    The voices of civil society creating the healthy future we all want from Rio +20
Marijke Velzeboer-Salcedo, Gender, Diversity and Human Rights

12:10    The voices of women in defense of the rights for health
María José Araujo, Founder of the Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women

12:20    The voice of the young: International Forum for Latin America towards Rio+20
Roberto Bertolino, Founder of Eco-Clubs

12:25    Catalyzing the creative energy of young people towards sustainable development and health
Luis Viguria, Director, Young America Business Trust (YABT), Organization of American States (OAS)

12:30    The voices of the indigenous peoples
Marcos Terena, Coordinación Indígena - Rio+20 - KARI-OCA II.

12:40    Health perspective of union demands in view of Rio+20
Judith Carreras García, Program Coordinator Sustainlabour, International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development

12:50    Discussion
“If health is not included in the concept of sustainable development, it is not possible to reduce inequities in the future we all want

01:30    Closure.

 Moderado: Marijke Velzeboer-Salcedo, Gender, Diversity and Human Rights

How to participate:

In person:
525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037
Room 812 – 12:00 pm to 1:30 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 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (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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