Healthy Environments for Children Alliance

Archived Events

HECA at the International Healthy Cities Conference
Entitled "The Power of Local Action", the International Healthy Cities Conference (Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 19-22 October 2003) was structured around four themes related to action for health and sustainable development. These were: building strong partnerships, alliances, and networks; tackling the wider determinants of health; designing supportive environments to meet the needs of all citizens; and creating effective policies, strategies, and tools for action. HECA organized an interactive panel discussion on 20 October 2003 at the conference. The purpose of the panel discussion was to exchange information, knowledge, best practices, lessons learned and build on networks from the perspective of healthy cities experiences and Healthy Environments for Children activities in countries. General information on the conference. Conference programme [in PDF].

Healthy Environments for Children WHO/AMG Round Table
The Fondation pour Geneve, in conjunction with the World Health Organization and the Association des Medecins du canton de Geneve (AMG), hosted a round table discussion on healthy environments for children (21 October 2003, WHO HQ). Presentations were made by experts from WHO, AMG, and cantonal departments followed by discussions around the following themes: why an alliance in favour of a healthy environment for children; the physical environment as a factor of risks - home, school, and community; and the social environment - life styles and behavioural aspects. In addition, there was a session presenting solutions that adopt integrated approaches to children's environmental health issues. The round table allowed for exchange, providing both global and local perspectives on environmental threats to children's health and ways to ensure healthy environments for children. Flyer [in PDF]. Programme and presentations.