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Health and Environment

 "Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature." WHO

Prosperity, equality, better health and the environment are inter-related elements towards obtaining a better future. This paper presents some of the most pressing global and regional environmental health problems and the strategies that need to be reinforced at Earth Summit 2002.

Briefing paper on Health and Environment: Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods. Pdf format

Briefing paper on Health and Environment: Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods. Rich text format


Other Resources

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Health (general)

  • World Health Report 1996. Fighting Disease, Fostering Development. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO (1996:6). http://www.who.int/whr/1996/whr-e.htm

  • World Health Report 1997: Conquering Suffering, Enriching Humanity. WHO (1997) Geneva http://www.who.int/whr/1997/whr-e.htm 

  • Health Online Debate September 2001, Stakeholder Forum  www.earthsummit2002.org/ic/health/healthv2.htm 


  • Agenda 21: Chapter 6: Protection and Promotion of Human Health. UNCED (1992)  http://www.earthsummit2002.org/toolkits/women/un-doku/un-conf/ag21chap6.htm  

  • United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development - Health decisions http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/health1.htm

  • UN Commission on Sustainable Development Tenth Session. UN CSD (2001) UN Economic and Social Council http://www.un.org/esa/susdev/csd10/ecn/72001-pc6.doc

  • Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. WHO (1986) Geneva. http://www.phs.ki.se/whoccse/ottawa.htm  

  • UN (2000) Millennium Development Goals: http://www.undp.org/mdg   

  • Copenhagen + 5: A Social Development Resource for all Stakeholders: http://www.earthsummit2002.org/wssd/default.htm

  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: http://www.unfccc.int

  • UN Commission for Social Development documentation. 39th Session http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/csd/2001.htm

Air pollution

  • Air pollution and respiratory health. National Centre for environmental health  http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/default.htm  

  • Climate, Atmosphere and health. World Resources institute http://www.wri.org/press/mk_climate_health.html

  • Air Pollution. Fact sheet No. 187. WHO (2000) http://www.who.int/inf-fs/en/fact187.htm

  • WHO guidelines for air management. Environmental Health Information http://www.who.int/environmental_information/Air/Guidelines/Chapter6.htm

  • Indoor air quality. EPA http://www.epa.gov/iaq/

  • Air pollution. University of California. The Squier Group http://www-wilson.ucsd.edu/education/pchem/airpollution/

  • Air Pollution Index. Environment Protection Department. The Government of Hong Kong http://www.epd-asg.gov.hk/e/api/backgd/backgdf.htm


  • WHO Regional Office for Europe & Healthy Cities Project: http://www.who.dk

  • A full range of publication on Healthy Cities can be accessed at the WGO website http://www.who.dk/healthy-cities

  • Wilkinson, R. (1996) The Afflictions of Inequality. Routledge, New York. http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/paperA9.html   

Climate Change

  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Global warming and climate change links http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/index.html and http://www.epa.gov/air/climate/

  • The Potential Health Impacts of Climate Variability and Change for the United States: Executive Summary of the Report of the Health Sector of the U.S. National Assessment http://ehis.niehs.nih.gov/topic/global/patz-full.html_#issues

  • Climate change and human health. World Health Organization, the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme (1996) http://www.who.int/peh/climate/executive.html

  • Global Climate Change and Human Health. ACSH - The American Council on Science and Health   http://www.acsh.org/publications/reports/global.html

  • Health Impacts of Climate Change.  WHO Press Release WHO/91 (1997) http://www.who.int/archives/inf-pr-1997/en/pr97-91.html

  • Health and Climate Change. U.S. Climate Action Network http://www.greenpeace.org/~climate/impacts/lashof/index.html

  • Climate change and health http://edugreen.teri.res.in/explore/climate/climate.htm


  • UNDP Human Development Report 2000 – Human Rights and Human Development available online. Views human rights as an intrinsic part of development and development as a means to realizing rights. http://www.undp.org

  • UNDP Human Development Report 2001 – Making new technologies work for human development. http://www.undp.org/hdr2001 

Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious diseases

  • Research on Emerging Infectious Diseases. National Institutes of Health http://www3.bc.sympatico.ca/me/patientsguide/eidpg.htm

  • The Global Challenge of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Global Child Net http://edie.cprost.sfu.ca/gcnet/ISS4-43a.html

  • Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Fact sheet no. 97 WHO (1998) http://www.who.int/inf-fs/en/fact097.html

  • World Health Day Advisory Committee http://www.aawhworldhealth.org/wheal97.htm

  • Understanding emerging and re-merging diseases. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases http://www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/curriculum.htm

  • Global Strategy on Infectious Diseases. WHO Action Against Infectious Diseases Newsletter http://www.who.int/health-topics/idindex.htm

  • International Conference for Emerging Infectious Diseases. National Centre for Infectious Diseases http://www.cdc.gov/iceid/program.htm


  • Global Environmental Outlook 2000. UNEP (2000) http://www.unep.org/GEO2000/english/00235.htm

  • World Resource Institute (2000) State of the World Report 2000-2001. People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life http://www.wri.org/wr2000/ecosystems.html 

  • Linking Environment and Health: Poverty, Health and the Environment World Resources Institute (1998-99) http://www.wri.org/wr-98-99/001-povr.htm



  • Indicators of pollution Management: Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook, World Bank http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/essd/essd.nsf/GlobalView/PPAH/$File/4_indic.pdf

  • Health and Environment. The Sustainability Report. http://www.sustreport.org/issues/health_env.html

  • 2001 Environmental Sustainability Index- An Initiative of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Environmental Task Force, World Economic Forum in collaboration with Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University http://www.yale.edu/envirocenter/esi/esi.html  

  • Global Cities 21 Indicators http://www.iclei.org/cities21/c21ind.htm

Life expectancy

  • Healthy Life Expectancy. WHO (2001) Annex Table 4 http://www.who.int/whr/2001/main/env/annex/annex4/htm


  • Roll-Back Malaria Initiative. A global multi-sectoral partnership, backed by WHO aimed at reducing malaria-related mortality by 50% by the year 2010 (includes national govts, UN agencies, research community, NGOs development agencies, development banks and other private sector: http://mosquito.who.int/cgi-bin/rbm/home_rbm.jsp?service=rbm&com=gen&lang=en&type=channel&channelId=-8259&chLevel=3&channelforcontent=-8259&actuallevel=4


  • The health impacts of living with ultraviolet radiation http://www.ec.gc.ca/ozone.uvhealth.htm 

  • Environment and health: 3. Ozone depletion and ultraviolet radiation Canadian Medical Association Journal www.cma.ca/cmaj/vol-163/issue-7/0851.htm

  • European Ozone Research Coordinating Unit, Cambridge http://www.ozone-sec.ch.cam.ac.uk

  • Ozone Secretariat, United Nations Environmental Program: www.unep.org/ozone 

  • Stratospheric Ozone and Human Health Project, Center for International Earth Science Information Network: http://www.ciesin.org/TG/OZ/OZ-home.html

  • US Global Change Research Information Office: http://www.gcrio.org

Persistent Organic pollutants (POPs)

  • Stockholm Convention on POPs http://www.chem.unep.ch/sc/

  • Impacts of persistent organic pollutants http://www.ciel.org/POPs/popsimpacts.html 

  • IPEN (International POPS Elimination Network) http://www.psr.org/ipen/platform.htm 

  • POPs for beginners. Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org.au/toxics/archive/dioxin/POPS_whatis.html

  • Persistent Organic Pollutants.  Physicians for Social Responsibility http://www.psr.org/popsmonitor.pdf

  • Public Health Statement on Malaria and the Use of DDT http://www.psr.org/Malaria_DDT.htm


  • World water day - Suggestions for improving the management of our water resources. Contains links to water, sanitation and hygiene campaigns of key organisations. http://www.worldwaterday.org

  • Global Freshwater Crisis. Stakeholder Forum's Towards Earth Summit 2002 briefing paper http://www.earthsummit2002.org/es/issues/Freshwater/freshwater.htm  

  • Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council ‘s (WSSCC ) new WASH campaign based on the goals of tackling poverty reduction, economic impact, improved health and reduced drudgery for women. http://www.wsscc.org/about/ccnews.php?id=25 

  • We Need More Clean Water for Health and Peace. Ramesh Thakur UNU (United Nations University) Update http://update.unu.edu/archive/issue11_3.htm

  • Water management: a global issue. Environmental News Network. Sunday, May 20, 2001 David Suzuki http://www.enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/05/05202001/matters_43599.asp

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  • UNAIDS Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS. Partner organisations are: UNICEF; UNDP; UNFPA; UNESCO; WHO; World Bank and UNDCP. http://www.unaids.org 

  • OECD http://www.oecd.org 

  • UNEP http://www.unep.org 

  • UN Habitat (Human Settlements) http://www.unhabitat.org/default.asp

  • UNICEF http://www.unicef.org

  • UNIFEM http://www.unifem.undp.org 

  • World Bank http://www.worldbank.org
  • World Health Organisation http://www.who.org 


  • UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific http://www.unescap.org/

  • UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia http://www.escwa.org.lb/

  • UN Economic Commission for Europe http://www.unece.org

  • UN Economic Commission for Africa http://www.uneca.org/programmes_home.htm

  • UN Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean http://www.eclac.cl/default.asp?idioma=IN

Academia and Research Institutes

  • World Resources Institute http://www.wri.org/health/

  • International Institute for Environment and Development www.iied.org

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development www.iisd.ca 

  • World Information Transfer . Information on sustainable development and health: http://www.worldinfo.org  


  • Business for Social Responsibility http://www.bsr.org/

  • Global Reporting Initiative http://globalreporting.org 

  • ILO Social Protection http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/index.htm InFocus Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/index.htm 

Local Authorities

  • The Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Campaign The Water Campaign http://www.iclei.org/ 


  • Lycos Environment News http://ens.lycos.com


  • ANPED, the Northern Alliance for Sustainability  http://www.anped.org and on health http://www.anped.org/index.php?a=4&b=43

  • Centre for Science and the Environment: http://www.cseindia.org and health and environment http://www.cseindia.org/html/eyou/health/index_health.htm

  • Environment and Development in the Third World (ENDA): http://www.enda.sn  

  • European Public Health Alliance. An NGO network for health in Europe which brings together a broad range of citizens’ groups and advocates greater participation of citizens in health related policy making at the European level. http://www.epha.org  

  • Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation: http://www.vaccinealliance.org

  • International Council of AIDS Service Organisations. A network of community based AIDS organisations and an interactive global focus, gathering and disseminating information and analysis, co-ordinating the development of NGO positions and working with key international organisations to ensure the NGO perspective is represented; http://www.icaso.org

  • International Federation of Environmental Health. A non-governmental world-wide organisation bringing together environmental health, health and environment professionals. http://www.ifeh.org

  • IPEN (International POPS Elimination Network) http://www.psr.org/ipen/platform.htm  or IPEN http://www.ipen.org    

  • National Councils for Sustainable Development (NCSD) Network. http://www.ncsdnetwork.org

  • USA Environmental Justice Resource Center, http://www.ejrc.cau.edu 

Trade Unions

  • ICFTU/TUAC  International Confederation of Free Trade Unions http://www.icftu.org on AIDS http://www.icftu.org/focus.asp?Issue=AIDS&Language=EN and on health safety and environment http://www.icftu.org/focus.asp?Issue=ohse&Language=EN  


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Last updated: April 2002

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