Our Planet, Our Health – PAHO/WHO
DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2022
WEATHER: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Simultaneous translation will be available in English and Spanish
A healthy planet is essential for the health and well-being of current and future generations.
Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, rapid urbanization, geopolitical conflicts, demographic shifts and growing antimicrobial resistance, among others, are complex and interrelated crises facing the world, which have impacts negative effects on human health and well-being and which have an impact in differences within and between countries and social groups, generating inequalities and exposing people to a high risk in terms of vulnerability. Too many people still live in poverty and instability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inequalities in our world but also shown us how joint approaches from all sectors of government and community involvement in the response are effective and how their sustainability is essential for a better health and well-being of communities, societies and the entire planet, leaving no one behind. This implies the need for high-level commitment to address the social determinants of health – including its political, market and environmental dimensions.
The Geneva Charter for Wellbeing, which builds on the outcomes of the 10th World Conference on Health Promotion (Geneva, 2021), underlines the urgency of creating sustainable, committed to ensuring equitable health now and for future generations without exceeding ecological limits. Well-being requires a whole-of-society approach involving action at all levels, stakeholders and sectors, from communities and within organizations to regional and national government. It also indicates that the way forward is to move to more sustainable and equitable societies and to learn from countries, regions, cities, communities and cultures – especially indigenous cultures – how to create more sustainable and equitable societies. .
A healthier and more equitable planet requires a redistribution of power and resources. It also requires transformative and comprehensive approaches and new societal values as well as changes in structural determinants: long-term investments, welfare budgets, social protection and legal and fiscal strategies, among others.
The post-pandemic period is an opportunity to move towards an equitable recovery taking into account the elements mentioned above and considering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a powerful framework to move forward.
As a follow-up conversation to this year’s World Health Day theme (“Our Planet, Our Health”), and taking into account the Geneva Charter for Wellbeing, this event will focus on the actions that we can do to keep communities, societies and the planet healthy. Beyond the health sector alone, government and societal engagement will be essential to any effective response. The integration of a health promotion approach is essential since this approach aims to strengthen intersectoral action, community participation and empowerment at all levels of government. Speakers will discuss priorities for urgent action through country perspectives on how we can create a future world with well-being societies, livable cities and climate-resilient economies. They will also reflect on how to make health a key part of all government policies, the role of our communities during and beyond these times of crisis, and how to foster a movement that builds participation and resilience. community.
Facilitated dialogue with prepared questions followed by Q&A with the audience
Moderator: Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO
Draft agenda and potential speakers:
• Welcome remarks – 3 mins.
• Presentation of speakingers – 2 mins.
• Facilitated dialogue with prepared questions (45 mins):
oh Regional Perspective: Dr. Daniel Buss, Advisor for Climate Change and Health, PAHO
oh National perspective: Dr. Anulfo Lopez, executive director of the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas and representative of the Dominican Public Health Society
oh National Perspective: Dr. Jesus Felipe Gonzalez, President, Mexican Society of Public Health
oh National Perspective: Dr. Carlos Galvez, President, Panamanian Society of Public Health
oh National Perspective: Ms. Katherine Catalano, Deputy Director, APHA Center for Climate, Health and Equity
oh Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance and the Key Role of the Community: Dr. Arturo Quizhpe, Director of ReAct Latinamerica
• Audience Q&A – 35 mins.
• Closing remarks – 5 mins.