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Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal on food security and sustainable agriculture

In light of the ongoing discussions around the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the recently presented proposal document of the UN Open Working Group, EPHA joined an advocacy initiative of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) to call for re-consideration of the proposed Goal 2 on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture ("Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture"). (...)

[Joint press statement] Newly elected European Parliament to stand strong and ambitious on women’s health and rights

28 May 2014, Brussels - The health of women has a direct bearing on the health of future generations, families, communities and ultimately, [the health of societies. >http://orwh.od.nih.gov/resources/po... ] On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (1), European public health, health promotion and disease prevention, health professionals and women issues non-governmental organisations are calling for the newly elected European Parliament (EP), its (...)

Post-2015: The role of Global Health Research and Development (R&D) in the new development framework

This position paper, supported by 23 leading Global Health NGOs from both sides of the Atlantic, calls on both public and private stakeholders to ensure that R&D investment targets for poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) are guaranteed and strongly supported across the board. Research and innovation are critical components in the right to health for all While everybody recognises that health is an essential precondition for development, the research and innovation (...)

[EPHA Recommendations] Public health priorities towards Horizon 2020

Negotiations among EU Institutions are about to begin on the future research programme after the adoption of the partial general approach by the Competitiveness Council and the report by the Industry, Research and Enegery Committee in the Parliament. EPHA highlights seven ways in which EU leaders can ensure that investing research and innovation brings the greatest possible advancements in health and science, while creating accessible public goods. In its policy document, EPHA provides (...)

[EPHA Consultation] Response on sustainable development

EPHA took part in the recent consultation on sustainable development. At the meeting, EPHA suggested a number of ways that health could be promoted in the follow up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) 2012. EPHA strongly supports the efforts made by the Council to support sustainable development and the Beyond GDP agenda. Moreover, EPHA calls on the Commission to include a health dimension and to give strong political support for progress measures beyond GDP (...)

Women and Cardiovascular Disease in the EU

14 February - Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to think about women’s hearts. On its latest policy briefing, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) highlighted the key differences between women and men in matters of the heart - such as risk factors, symptoms, treatment and biomedical research. Traditionally regarded as a male disease, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women worldwide. It is also a major cause of serious illness and (...)

European Commission taken to Court over privileged access for corporates in EU-India free trade talks

Corporate Europe Observatory launched a legal action against the European Commission for witholding information related to the EU free trade negotiations with India, while sharing the same information with corporate lobbyists. The European Court of Justice will hear the case on January 11 2013. CEO accuses the Commission of discriminating in favour of corporate lobby groups and of violating the EU’s transparency rules. The lawsuit (T-93/11) concerns 17 documents related to the (...)

New report: Mapping Exclusion - Institutional and community-based services in the mental health field in Europe

A joint initiative of the Open Society Foundations and Mental Health Europe, this recently-launched paper is the first European report of the state of deinstitutionalization and community-based care in the mental health field. Report’s introduction Across Europe, considerable efforts have been made to shift the balance of care from psychiatric hospitals to a varied provision of services in the community for people with severe mental health problems. Deinstitutionalisation and the (...)

Promoting health in the future development agenda

EPHA took part in the Commission Consultation on the post-2015 Development Agenda. This was an opportunity to build on EPHA work prior to the UN Non-communicable Disease summit in 2011 and highlight the impact that chronic disease has on social cohesion and on the economy. It is becoming widely understood that there is a need to further elaborate on the role of the environment and environmental sustainability in the post-2015 Development Agenda. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aim (...)

Eleven countries set to "green light" Financial Transaction Tax

Following the EU Finance Minister meeting in Luxembourg in October, 10 Countries wrote to the Commission to show their support for a financial transaction Tax. On 23 October, the Commission launched its proposal. On the 23 October, The European Commission set forward its proposals for a Financial Transaction Tax through enhanced cooperation with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Estonia is consulting with its Parliament at the (...)