Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE - PAHO/WHO
JOINT SEMINAR WITH THE
Understanding the Post-2015 Development Agenda Process
Opportunities and Challenges that Lay Ahead
18 October 2012 – Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST (
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(This webinar will be delivered In English with simultaneous translation to Spanish and close-captioned for the Hearing impaired)
Realizing the Future We Want for All: Report to the Secretary-General
PDF [58p] available online at: http://bit.ly/SNc9r3
“…..The central challenge of the post-2015 UN development agenda is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the worlds’ peoples of present and future generations. Globalization offers great opportunities, but its benefits are at present very unevenly shared.
The continuous striving for improvements in material welfare is threatening to surpass the limits of the natural resource base unless there is a radical shift towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production and resource use. Persistent inequalities and struggles over scarce resources are among key determinants of situations of conflict, hunger, insecurity and violence, which in turn are key factors that hold back human development and efforts to achieve sustainable development.
Business as usual thus cannot be an option and transformative change is needed. As the challenges are highly interdependent, a new, more holistic approach is needed to address them. Accordingly, this first report prepared by the UN System-wide Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda recommends:
• A vision for the future that rests on the core values of human rights, equality and sustainability…..”
Health in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda: Thematic Think Piece - UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO
PDF [17p.] at: http://bit.ly/RNN903
The Future We Want - Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly A/RES/66/288- 11, September 2012
English PDF [53p.] at: http://bit.ly/SKp0ID
Spanish PDF [60p] at: http://bit.ly/QejVFn
· Provide an overview of ongoing United Nations (UN) teams and panels focusing on the post-2015 development agenda process.
· Discuss lessons learned from the MDG agenda process, highlighting perspectives of developing countries.
· Identify opportunities and challenges that lay ahead with the post-2015 development agenda.
11:00 am Opening
John Balbus, (moderator)
Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
11:10 am Overview of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Process and Description of Health-Focused
Marie Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization
Lessons Learned from the MDG Agenda
Insights on Opportunities and Challenges with the Post-2015 Development Agenda Process
11:20 am Amina J. Mohammed (invited)
Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
CEO/Founder, Center for Development Policy Solutions
11:30 am Paulo Buss.
Former President, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ),
11:40 am David Serwadda. (invited)
Professor of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Makerere
11:50 pm Discussion
12:25 pm Closing
John Balbus, Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
12:30 pm ADJOURN
How to participate
In person: This event is free and open to the public
Online: via Blackboard link:
- Spanish room: www.paho.org/virtual/SeminariosSDE
- English room www.paho.org/virtual/SDESeminars
For those who cannot follow the live seminar, it will be available later at: http://bit.ly/oxoRdS
Agnes Soares, MD, MPH - Advisor Environmental Epidemiology, SDE
Pan American Health Organization, PAHO/WHO - firstname.lastname@example.org
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