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[EQ] Green Economy - Green Jobs - health risks and benefits - Seminar April 11, 2012

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

Green Economy/Green Jobs - health risks and benefits

Tenth Seminar:
11 April 2012PAHO/WHO Rio+20  - (in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish)

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - EDT (Washington, DC USA)
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Website PAHO/WHO Rio+20 at:

Green Economy/ Green Jobs are viewed as a new activity whose scope in terms of health risks and benefits continue to be an emerging challenge.
However, it seems it can generate very significant co-benefits for preventing infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and occupational diseases, and even benefit workers’ health promotion.
This seminar intends to show some evidence in different economic sectors, as well as to share successful experiences in the construction sector. 


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

12:05 p.m.         Workers’ Health in the Green Economy and Sustainable Development:

Dr. Ivan Ivanov Dimov, MD, PhD, Team Leader, Occupational Health, WHO

12:20  p.m.        Green economy in the construction sector: NIOSH experiences:

Dr. Christine M. Branche, PhD, FACE Associate Principal Director and Director Office of Health and Safety in Construction, NIOSH

12:35 p.m.         Commentaries and perspectives from ILO
Dr. Valentina Forastieri, Coordinator of the Health Promotion and Training Unit, International Labor Organization (ILO)

12:45 p.m.         Questions and Answers

01:00 p.m.         Wrap-up


For further information, see the following links released by the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

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

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 “Zero Draft of the Outcome Document" [] is still under discussion.  Health has been poorly positioned in this document and through our weekly discussions, we hope to provide an overview of some of the different aspects of health the context of sustainable development.

The SDE Seminar series will happen every Wednesday from 12 to 1pm (EDT), from February 8 to June 13th.

All Seminars will be live streamed, and open for participation in person at the PAHO/WHO headquarters, or via Elluminate. Some of the Seminars will be in English, others in Spanish.

For those who cannot follow the live seminar, we will have it available later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit at: 


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