Friday, June 1, 2012

[EQ] Professor Michael Marmot at PAHO June 6, 2012 - Moving the Agenda of the Social Determinants of Health

Sir/Professor Michael Marmot visits PAHO

On June 6, 2012 The Pan American Health Organization will welcome Sir/Professor Michael Marmot for a 2-day visit.

Michael Marmot is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL Institute of Health Equity/ Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, London, and former World Health Organization Chair of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.  His lifetime work has advanced public understanding of the relationship between social inequalities and inequities in health globally, regionally, nationally and locally. 

While at PAHO, Sir/Professor Marmot will be a key note speaker during the 18th seminar in the SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20.  Sir/Professor Marmot will present his work on the social determinants of health and discuss how this is related to the agenda of sustainable development.  An expert in his field, Sir/Professor Marmot will stimulate a lively discussion on health equity as it relates to the determinants of health and sustainable development reflecting on lessons learnt from the Commission’s work.

Attendance is welcome to in-person participation or by virtual participation, through online attendance. 

In person:

525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037
Room 1017 – 12h to 13:30h Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:

- Spanish room:  
- English room

Moving the Agenda of the Social Determinants of Health towards Rio+20

Wednesday June 6th 2012 - In English with simultaneous translation to Spanish

Time: 12:00 am - 1:30 pm - EDT (Washington, DC USA) To check your time zone, see the World Clock



12:00:     Welcome Remarks - Jon Andrus, Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO.

               Moderator: Kira Fortune, Regional Advisor, Determinants of Health, PAHO/WHO

12:05      Moving the Agenda of the Social Determinants of Health towards Rio+20

Professor Sir Michael Marmot,
Director of the Institute of Health Equity and MRC Research, Professor in Epidemiology, University College London (UCL)

12:35      The Brazilian perspective on Rio+20 and its Link to the Global SDH Conference

              Paulo Buss, Director Global Health Center, FIOCRUZ Brazil

12:55      Comments:
Sofia-Leticia Morales, Senior Adviser and Team Coordinator for Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health PAHO/WHO

13:05      Questions & Answers

13:25      Concluding Remarks: Jose Romero Teruel, Acting Assistant Director, PAHO/WHO



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1 comment:

Steve Salmony said...

If we agree to “think globally”, it becomes evident that riveting attention on GROWTH could be a grave mistake because we are denying how economic and population growth in the communities in which we live cannot continue as it has until now. Each village's resources are being dissipated, each town's environment degraded and every city's fitness as place for our children to inhabit is being threatened. To proclaim something like, 'the meat of any community plan for the future is, of course, growth' fails to acknowledge that many villages, towns and cities are already ‘built out’, and also ‘filled in’ with people. If the quality of life we enjoy now is to be maintained for the children, then limits on economic and population growth will have to be set. By so doing, we choose to “act locally" and sustainably.

More economic and population growth are no longer sustainable in many too many places on the surface of Earth because biological constraints and physical limitations are immutably imposed upon ever increasing human consumption, production and population activities of people in many communities where most of us reside. Inasmuch as the Earth is finite with frangible environs, there comes a point at which GROWTH is unsustainable. There is much work to done locally. But that effort cannot reasonably begin without sensibly limiting economic and population growth.

To quote another source, “We face a wide-open opportunity to break with the old ways of doing the town’s business…..” That is a true statement. But the necessary “break with the old ways” of continous economic and population growth is not what is occurring. There is a call for a break with the old ways, but the required changes in behavior are not what is being proposed as we plan for the future. What is being proposed and continues to occur is more of the same, old business-as-usual overconsumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities, the very activities that appear to be growing unsustainbly. More business-as-usual could soon become patently unsustainable, both locally and globally. A finite planet with the size, composition and environs of the Earth and a community with the boundaries, limited resources and wondrous climate of villages, towns and cities where we live may not be able to sustain much longer the economic and population growth that is occurring on our watch. Perhaps necessary changes away from UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH and toward sustainable lifestyles and right-sized corporate enterprises are in the offing.

Think globally while there is still time and act locally before it is too late for human action to make any difference in the clear and presently dangerous course of unfolding human-induced ecological events, both in our planetary home and in our villages, towns and cities.