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logorioAre the current production, distribution and use of food healthy, safe, secure and sustainable in the Americas?
Reflections towards Rio+20

XV Seminar: Wednesday 16 May, 2012 – PAHO/WHO Rio+20 (In English with simultaneous translation to Spanish)

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - EDT (Washington, DC USA)
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Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food security covers availability, access, utilization and stability issues, and — in its focus on individuals —also embraces their energy, protein and nutrient needs for life, activity, pregnancy, growth and long-term capabilities.
The World Food Summit, Declaration on World Food Security. Held in Rome, Italy 13-17 November 1996.

In the Americas, 45 million people are estimated to be at-risk for insufficient food, despite the fact that production is estimated to be in excess of 40% of caloric needs.

Food is one of the seven critical issues at Rio+20; the others are jobs, energy, cities, water, ocean, and disasters). The Right to Food was first recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In 1996, the formal adoption of the Right to Adequate Food pointed the way towards the rights based approach to food security.

Presently the world is facing the rapid degradation of soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity, and the pressure that climate change is putting even more on the already limited resources. Economic drivers define crop production, distribution, availability and access. Food is not only subject to climate uncertainties, but also to market fluctuations and commodity prices.

In this seminar, the speakers will give an overview of the multidimensional nature of food security: from crop protection to abuse of agrochemicals, food safety and nutrition, and the impact each of these dimensions has on public health and on sustainable development in the Region. Critical steps towards sustainable development will be explored during the debate

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12:00 Introduction: Moderator, Dr. Carlos Samayoa, Senior Advisor and Project Coordinator Healthy Life Course, PAHO/WHO
12:05 FAO Sustainable Crop Production Intensification: Save and Grow
Mark Davis, Senior Officer, Pesticides Management, Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) Food and Agriculture Organization
12:15 Agriculture Pesticides and Public Health
Catharina Wesseling, Instituto Regional de Estudios en Sustancias Tóxicas (IRET), Costa Rica
12:25 Food safety in the Americas and the Caribbean
Enrique Perez-Gutierrez, Advisor, Veterinary Public Health, PWR-Panama
12:35 Food security and nutrition: trends in the American Region
Chessa Lutter, Senior Advisor, Food and Nutrition, PAHO/WHO
12:45 Debate: Questions & Comments from the participants
13:00 Closing remarks

How to participate

In person: PAHO/WHO
525 23rd ST NW, Washington DC, 20037 Room C – 12h to 13h Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:

SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

For those who cannot follow the live seminar, we will have it available later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit

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No.14 Global Sustainable Development and Environmental Health - Joint Discussion with the US Institute of Medicine

Sustainable Development Indicators
No.13 Health at the heart of Sustainable Development Indicators

Economic – social aspects Non Communicable Diseases
No.12 Economic and social aspects of Non Communicable Diseases NCDs

Non Communicable Diseases
No.11 Non Communicable Diseases and Sustainable Development

Workers health
No.10 Green Economy /Green Jobs: Health Risks & Benefits

Regional Experiences
No.9 The Voice and Experience of the Caribbean Islands towards SD

Road Safety
No.8 Road Safety and Public Transportation towards Sustainable Development: an agenda for health for Rio+20

No.7 Globalization and Health Equity towards Sustainable Development

Civil Society
No.6 The Voices of Civil Society - Creating the Healthy Future

Working Environments
No.5 Employment and working conditions for Sustainable Development

The Environment
No.4 Amazon Region: Environment and Health in the Context of Sustainable Development

Climate Change
No.3 Climate Change and health in the context of Rio+20

No.2 Water and Sanitation

Sustainable Development
No.1 Public Health Challenges

Source: PAHO/WHO

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 May 2012 10:58 )  

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