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Globalization & health equity towards sustainable development - March 21st, 2012

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SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE - PAHO/WHO

Seventh Seminar: 21 March 2012 – PAHO/WHO Rio+20

(in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish)

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Eastern Standard Time (Washington DC USA)

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Website PAHO/WHO Rio+20 at:

  • Globalization is affecting social determinants of health and the health status of different population groups, within and between nations.
  • Globalization creates new opportunities and risks for health and equity in health;
  • How can the action on the social determinants enhance those opportunities and reduce those risks?
  • Could the Rio+20 Conference strengthen opportunities and minimize the risks of globalization? How?


Towards Health-Equitable Globalisation: Rights, Regulation and Redistribution

Final Report to the Commission on Social Determinants of Health WHO -

  • Globalization Knowledge Network: Ronald Labonté (Chair); Ted Schrecker (Hub coordinator)
  • Final Report Writing Group: Ronald Labonté (Lead author); Chantal Blouin; Mickey Chopra; Kelley Lee; Corinne Packer; Mike Rowson; Ted Schrecker ;David Woodward

Available online at:

"....Globalization affects health and Social Determinants of Health through changes in social stratification, differential exposure or vulnerability, health system characteristics and differential consequences. It describes a number of key 'clusters' of pathways leading from globalization to changes in SDH ,provides an inventory of potential "interventions," and provides a list of the specific research synthesis papers...."

See more on the Globalization and Health at:


  • 12:00 Introduction: Dr. Kira Fortune, Regional Advisor on Determinants of Health, PAHO/WHO
  • 12:05 Globalization & health equity towards sustainable development: Dr. Ronald Labonté, Canada Research Chair in Globalization & Health Equity, Institute of Population Health, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, at the University of Ottawa
  • 12:30 Comments: Dr. Oscar Mujica, Regional Advisor on Social Epidemiology, PAHO/WHO
  • 12:35 Comments: Dr. Isaac Cohen, President, INVERWAY LLC
  • 12:40 Debate
  • 01:00 Closing remarks

Moderator: Dr. Kira Fortune, Regional Advisor on Determinants of Health, PAHO/WHO.

How to participate:

In person:

525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037 Room 812 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:


SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature!e - Principle 1 of the Rio..... Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992.

 The Rio Declaration of 1992 recognizes that healthy populations are central to human progress and sustainable development, and remains equally true today. However, the economic pillar has been prioritized at the expense of the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development over the last few decades, becoming itself a source of volatility and destabilization.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, now offers an opportunity to re-examine the relationship between health and sustainable development. The proposed SDE Seminar series towards Rio+20 aim at contributing to this important debate by bringing different themes of relevance to sustainable development and health to inform all areas of the Pan American Organization about the themes under discussion in the Rio Conference, but also to inform public health stakeholders and other decision makers in the health sector, to better take part in the debate.


The SDE Seminar series will happen every Wednesday from 12 to 1pm (Washington time), from February 8 to June 13th.

  • All Seminars will be life-streamed, and opened for participation in person at the PAHO/WHO HQ, or via Elluminate, or via telephone line.
  • Some of the Seminars will be in English, others in Spanish.
  • For those who cannot follow the seminar alive, they will be available later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit at:


Source: PAHO/WHO Website

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:46 )  

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