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The working group meeting hosted by MEP Judith Merkies (S&D, NL) and Gerald Häfner (Greens, DE) examined why children’s connection with nature is important and how can it be stimulated.
During the Meeting, Tim Gill, British author and public speaker, presented the outcomes of the ’Sowing the Seeds’ project.
Previous research has suggested that a child’s contact with nature is particularly important. Natural environments are said to have restorative qualities (...)
children and adolescents
Development and Health
social determinants of health
The Rio+20 World Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in June this year and followed previous related UN summits - Stockholm (1972), Rio de Janeiro (1992) and Johannesburg (2002). The aim of Rio+20 was to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development by assessing progress to date, identifying remaining gaps in the implementation of past commitments, and addressing new and emerging challenges.
The Summit’s focus was on two intertwined themes: "a Green (...)
On the Human Rights Day, mayors from 10 major European cities have appealed to their citizens to support the European Citizens’ Initiative on Water and Sanitation that EPHA and partners support and promote, together with the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU).
On the 10 December 2012, mayors from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Genoa, Ghent, Leicester, Nantes, Naples, Paris, Moita and Vienna have joined forces with civil society and trade union campaigners to call (...)
Energy poverty is spreading throughout the European Union’s Member States, with 50 and 125 million European citizens at risk. Bringing together all European stakeholders, this conference discussed the different aspects of energy poverty (housing, health, social exclusion, etc.) and will look at proposals for immediate and more lasting solutions in order to overcome this issue
The European Local Inclusion and Social Action network (Elisan) in collaboration with the European Economic (...)
Today, December 1st, Australia is making public health history by being the first country in the world to implement plain packaging for cigarettes.
After long debates, strong pressure from the tobacco industry that went as far as to the country’s High Court, Australia becomes today the first country in the world to sell its cigarettes in plain packaging. Consisting of a standard shape without branding, design, logo or any promotional text, and the brand name appearing in a standard (...)
The 18th international climate change conference (COP18) kicked off this Monday 26 November and will continue until Friday, 7 December in Doha, Qatar.
This is an unique opportunity to articulate the public health community’s main messages on global warming and raise awareness on the serious public health effects of climate change.
‘You cannot tackle hunger, disease, and poverty unless you can also provide people with a healthy ecosystem’ - Gro Harlem Brundtland
EPHA’s planned contribution to the commission’s public consultation on the urban dimension of the EU Transport Policy
The European Commission launched a public consultation on the urban dimension of the EU transport policy. As previously announced (October and November PCMs), EPHA Secretariat has been planning to contribute to the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the urban dimension of the EU transport policy.
Based on an earlier EPHA response to the (...)
The extraordinary November Summit will focus solely on the EU Budget. Heads of State will defend the budget lines that their countries receive funds from. In this context, members of the Civil Society Contact Group call for a re-prioritisation of EU funds to where they have the biggest impact on the environment, extreme poverty, and people living in Europe.
The 22-23 November European Council is a crucial summit for ensuring that the next MFF delivers adequate financing for sustainable (...)
There is a new short video to promote the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) for the right to water and sanitation- an initiative that sees the promotion of water supply and sanitation as essential public services for all. In the framework of the ECI, the aim of this campaign is to collect one million signatures from all over Europe.
Video- Water is a Human Right
Take a look, sign if you haven’t done so already, and forward the clip to all people you know and ask them to (...)
At the end of November, the Commission will publish its proposal for the next (7th) Environmental Action Programme (EAP). It will be on the agenda of the Irish Presidency of the EU. EPHA and the Health & Environmental Alliance (HEAL) met with the Irish environmental attaché on 8 November 2012.
Relevance of the Environment Action Programmes for the public health community
Environment in a larger sense has a huge influence on public health since it is not merely a matter of water, air (...)