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[Seminar report] Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing


The event ’Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing’ focused on the connection between health inequalities and affordable housing. It emphasised that investment in good quality housing can bring returns in health and environmental outcomes. Evidence shows that decent housing is an important social and environmental determinant of health These determinants lie outside of the health sector . Nevertheless, neither health professionals nor health policymakers (...)
31/01/2013

Attitudes of Europeans Towards Air Quality


Air quality is a major concern for European citizens and is an area in which the EU has been particularly active over the last 30 years. As part of continuing efforts to improve air quality and air pollution, the European Commission is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of EU air policy, with a view to revising the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and associated legislation in 2013. The EU’s key objective in relation to air quality is "to achieve levels of air quality (...)
16/01/2013

Children and Their Connection with Nature


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 (...)
14/01/2013

Public Consultation on ensuring sustainable development globally: EU follow-up to Rio+20.


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. Background The Summit’s focus was on two intertwined themes: "a Green (...)
21/12/2012

European Mayors support our Citizens Initiative on Water and Sanitation as a Human Right. What about you?


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 (...)
11/12/2012

Energy and Health: How are these Policies Connected? Why should we Tackle Energy Poverty?


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 (...)
03/12/2012

Plain cigarette packaging introduced today in Australia


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 (...)
01/12/2012

Sign up to the Doha Declaration on Climate, Health & Well-being! (Deadline: 2 December 2012)


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 What (...)
29/11/2012

Public consultation on the urban dimension of the EU Transport Policy


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 (...)
23/11/2012

Civil Society Contact Group writes to EU Council for an EU Budget that meets peoples’ needs and EU responsabilities


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 (...)
21/11/2012