Healthy Environments for Children Alliance

Past Events

DISCLAIMER: The following does not represent a complete list of events relevant to healthy environments for children. It is a compilation of events registered through this Web site or sent to HECA is not responsible for incomplete or incorrect information, or misspellings of the names of persons, organizations/ sponsoring bodies, or locations. HECA does not necessarily endorse the activities that are described, or the ways in which they were organized. The inclusion of these event descriptions indicates no preference by HECA for these events as against those that are not included.


WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) Technical Briefing

October 27-31, 2003. WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Organized by the WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH).

The briefing is intended to give participants an overview of CAH activities, to introduce participants to WHO staff, and to identify areas of mutual interest for possible collaborative activities. The briefing presents the Department's primary strategies for decreasing mortality and contributing to the healthy growth and development of children and adolescents from 0 to 19 years of age. The following healthy environments for children issues will be covered in the context of the briefing: research on the impact on child health of reducing indoor air pollution (the potential for reducing mortality and morbidity from acute respiratory infections among children under 5 years of age); promotion of key family practices for improving child health (including feeding- and hygiene- related practices); developing and maintaining safe and supportive environments for adolescents (including the social environment); and possibly a discussion of the WHO-wide strategy for child and adolescent health and development (where HEC figures as one of seven areas). More information:

Children’s Health and Environment Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) Workshop

October 26, 2003. Emilia Romagna, Italy.
Organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO) in collaboration with Emilia Romagna region and Ramazzini Foundation.

Review of the scientific evidence linking children’s health to environmental hazards that will be included in the CEHAPE. In collaboration with Emilia Romagna region and Ramazzini Foundation.

10th Canadian Conference on International Health “The Right to Health, Influencing the Global Agenda: How Research, Advocacy and Action can Shape our Future”

October 25 -29, 2003. Ottawa, Canada.
Organized by the Canadian Society for International Health (technical representative for the Pan-American Health Organization).

The conference’s goal is to provide a forum for practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and community mobilizers, interested in health and development issues, to share knowledge, experience and promote innovation and collaborative action. The objectives of the meeting are: discuss the “right to health,” what it means and how it can be integrated into health and development programs, policies and research. 2. to identify the main actors, principles, priorities and explicit/implicit goals involved in setting the global health agenda. 3. to profile strategies, approaches and methodologies that are contributing/could contribute to influencing a global agenda focusing on the “right to health.” 4. to identify and share lessons learned from research, practice and policy/advocacy-related activities. More information:

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.

Housing and Health - Identification of Priorities

October 20-22, 2003. Bonn, Germany. Organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO).

Expert meeting. More information:

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.

Environmental Health Indicators

October 16-17, 2003. Bonn, Germany. Organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO). The meeting will review experiences and results from the pilot project implemented in participating countries. It will agree on the full-scale product for the upcoming Budapest Conference and will approve the wider dissemination of the demonstrative EH indicator-based report.

European Environment and Health Committee Meeting (EEHC)

October 9-10, 2003. Prague, Czech Republic. Organized by the European Environment and Health Committee (EEHC). The agenda will focus on the policy implications of the priority issues to be addressed at the Budapest Conference. There will be special emphasis on the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe and the Conference Declaration.

European Environment and Health Strategy: SCALE Regional Conferences

October 6-17, 2003. Warsaw, Brussels, Rome. Organized by the European Commission. Three EU Regional Conferences treating the topic of Environment and Health are being held within a time frame between 6 and 17 October 2003. One conference takes place on 6-7 October in Warsaw; another on 9 October in Brussels, and the last one in Rome on 16/17 October. The three conferences serve to initiate and promote the SCALE initiative. As they constitute the kick-off meetings for the Technical Working Groups (TWGs), they give the starting shot for the development of the European Environment and Health Strategy. The SCALE initiative, launched by the European Commission, presents a systematic approach to the development of a European Environment and Health Strategy. It is based on Scientific evidence, focused on Children, meant to raise Awareness, improve the situation by use of Legal instruments, and ensure a continual Evaluation of the progress made. Its aim is to assess and minimize adverse health effects due to environmental pollution, and comprises the build-up of information systems, as well as the compilation of adequate political measures. More information: Warsaw, Brussels, Rome.

Environment & Health Conference: Prevention, Promotion, and Patient Care

October 3-5, 2003. Toronto, Canada. Organized by the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the Environmental Health Clinic at the Sunnybrook & Women’s College HSC, the Department of Family & Community Medicine and the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto. The conference will provide information, networking opportunities, resources, and "isolation-relieving" supports to participants. These are crucial to improving the awareness, diagnosis and management of environmental health problems for patients, and to developing the creative problem-solving skills necessary to make our living spaces, food, water, and air safer for us all. There will be a plenary session and a workshop on children’s health and the environment. More information:

First Children’s Environment and Health Conference of the Southern American Cone Countries as part of the 33 Argentinean Paediatric Congress

October 1-4, 2003. Mar del Plata, Argentina. Organized by the Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria, Latin American Paediatric Societies and the International Paediatric Association, in collaboration with WHO/HQ and PAHO. The Workshop will bring together paediatricians, family doctors and nurses from MercoSur Countries, Canada and the USA. It will focus on developmental lifestages, specific environmental threats to children and circumstances of exposures (e.g. scavenging), and tools/mechanisms for recording and reporting case data.

Workshop on Advocacy and Information, Education and Communication (IEC)

29 September - 1 October 2003. Wroclaw, Poland. Organized jointly by WHO/Europe and the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health in Sosnowiec, Poland. How can advocacy, education, information and communication help protect children's health from environmental hazards? Experiences of different strategies and successes working with parents, schools, scientists and health professionals will be shared at an international workshop for educators, health professionals and policymakers. This workshop will develop recommendations for the children's environment and health action plan for the Budapest Conference. The closing date for registration is 1 August 2003. More information:

Second ad hoc Working Group on Children’s Health and Action Plan (CEHAP)

September 25-26, 2003. Ljubljana, Slovenia. Organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO) and steered by the European Environment and Health Committee (EEHC). The third Draft of the Background Document will be circulated to EEHC Members for comments, and the first draft of the Ministerial document discussed.

Meeting on Precautionary Principle

September 11-12, 2003. Paris, France. Jointly organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO) and the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire Environnementale. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss a framework for applying the precautionary principle for protection of children’s health and future generations and achieving sustainable development, and work on the draft documents on the precautionary principle, Public health, protection of the children, and Sustainability, being prepared for the Budapest Conference. .

Workshop on the Valuation of Environmental Health Risks for Children

September 11-12, 2003. Paris, France. Organised by the National Policies Division Environment Directorate OECD. A research project, undertaken by the OECD, concerning the valuation of environmental health risks to children has been developed in order to help policymakers identify health and safety risks that largely affect children, and to develop guidelines for the valuation of children’s health environmental risk. To this end, an international workshop on children's environmental health valuation is being organised at the OECD, to share information amongst experts and policymakers who work on economic valuation, environment and health economics, and other disciplinary fields related to the valuation of environmental health risks to children. The workshop will review the state of knowledge, assess the different approaches, and the needs for further research and action; and share information on the current practices for the valuation of health risks more generally in different countries.

Green Spider Workshop

September 11-12, 2003. Brussels, Belgium. Organized by EEA and the Danish Government. Workshop within the Green Spider network annual meeting, hosted by EEA and the Danish Government. The 2nd day is dedicated to environment and health, with communication plans for Budapest and case studies on environmental health communication discussed. More information: .

5th International Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria, Mycotoxins and Human Health

September 10-12, 2003, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. Theme: Patho-Physiology, Clinical Effects, Exposure Assessment, Prevention and Control in Indoor Environments and Work Organized by the Fungal Research Group Foundation The conference will address state of art research and practical experience to improve the understanding of microbials, determine important agents and adverse human health effects, and the treatment, control and prevention of exposure. Knowledge gaps and research priorities will be discussed. This scientific meeting will connect internationally recognized researchers and leading investigators with “front line” practitioners and consultants addressing “real world” IEQ problems. The conference themes are:1. Health Effects, Pathology; 2. Exposure Assessment and Analytical Methods; 3. Application, Prevention, Remediation and Control; and 4. Clinical Case Studies.

Regional Consultation on Regional Planning on Healthy Environment for Children

September 9-12, 2003. Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic. Organized by WHO’s regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). The consultation will be organized with the help of WHO headquarters, EMRO and other partners to discuss and amend a draft Regional plan of action for healthy environments for children that would have been drafted by the Task force on the initiative on healthy environments for children in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, as well as to elaborate a plan of implementation for the plan of action. For further information, please contact: .

53rd WHO Regional Committee

September 8-11, 2003. Vienna, Austria. Organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO). The meeting will mark the initiation of discussions of a regional strategy on children and adolescent health to be finalized in 2005 after the Budapest Conference. More information: .

World Congress of Youth Promoting Solidarity, Tolerance and Youth Action for Sustainable Development

August 16-28, 2003. Casablanca, Morroco.
Under the patronage of his majesty King Mohammed VI. Organized by the Government of Morocco assisted by Peace Child International.

The aim of the congress is to follow up on the first Millennium Young People’s Congress (MYPC) in Hawaii in 1999. Up to 1,000 young people will gather in Morocco in 2003 to share experience, take part in hands-on development projects and draw up a declaration outlining a future path for youth involvement in sustainable development. In addition, the Congress will analyse, discuss and promote ways to mobilise young people to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. More information:

2nd Intergovernmental Meeting on European Children Environment and Health Action Plan (CEHAP)

June 26-27, 2003. Stockholm, Sweden. The second intergovernmental preparatory meeting for the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Budapest 2004 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 26-27 June 2003. The meeting will provide a forum in which countries can discuss and make their views known on the scope, direction and expected policy outcomes of the work being done on the Conference topics. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE). Member States will discuss the first draft and nominate a steering committee to develop the plan. Discussion will also focus on the development of the environment and health information platform for policy-makers. Ms Margot Walström, DG Environment of the European Commission, is expected to open the meeting. More information:

4th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health: “The Future of Our Children”

June 23-25, 2004. Budapest, Hungary. Organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO) and steered by the European Environment and Health Committee (EEHC). The Third Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (London, 1999) recognized the needs to address the rights of children, and their particular vulnerability, as well as to respond to emerging environmental concerns. On this ground, the next ministerial conference (Budapest, 2004) is focused on the theme “The future for our children” and an appropriate international instrument, the CEHAP, is being developed with the aim of putting children's health on top of the political agenda for environment and health. The Conference is preceded by a series intergovernmental meetings, to which all Member States are invited, which will negotiate the proposed CEHAP for Europe, as well as discuss the other priority issues on the agenda. Civil-society and intergovernmental organizations will also contribute to the Conference and will hold their own parallel events. This Conference is the fourth in a series of Ministerial Conferences that have taken place (in Frankfurt 1989, Helsinki 1994; London 1999). The European Environment and Health Committee provides the steering group for the Conference. More information: .

Asthma 2003 "Meeting the Challenge of Healthy People 2010: Preventing and Controlling Asthma"

June 19-21, 2003. Washington D.C., USA. Sponsored by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The National Conference on Asthma (Asthma 2003) will be the key asthma conference of the decade. Asthma 2003 will address the asthma and asthma-related objectives of Healthy People 2010 as well as the overarching goals to increase the quality and years of healthy life and eliminate health disparities. The conference program will enable health professionals to implement practices and community strategies designed to significantly reduce asthma-related mortality and morbidity by the year 2010. More specifically, Astham 2003 will look at among other things: School-based asthma interventions; Community-based interventions; Asthma-friendly policies in child care centers, schools, worksites, and other community settings. .

World Environment Day "Water – Two Billion People Are Dying For It"

June 5, 2003. Organized by the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP). World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The World Environment Day theme selected for 2003 calls on everybody to help safeguard the most precious source of life on the planet: water. World Environment Day is a people's event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, as well as recycling and clean-up campaigns. More information: .

Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health

May 18-23, 2003. Montreal, Canada. The goal of the Forum is to provide a platform for a discussion of the ecosystem approach to human health, the evidence from the field, and the relevance of the approach to improving health and well-being. The Forum offers the opportunity for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and civil society representatives from around the world to share knowledge, and for institutions to consider strategies for a way forward. For information, please see .

Child & Youth Health 2003 Conference

May 11-14 , 2003. Vancouver, Canada. Organized by the Canadian Institute of Child Health and the Department of Pediatrics University of British Columbia. The Child and Youth Health Congress 2003 will focus attention on the Health Issues facing children and youth within the context of the UN Special Session on Children. The Congress provides the international community the setting to define opportunities and set priorities related to new knowledge development through research and the application of this knowledge to the health issues of children over the next decade. For more information, see .

An Environment for Better Health

May 8-10, 2003. Århus, Denmark. Organized by the Environmental Medicine Research Center, Danish Ministry of Health and Interior - Supported under the EU Framework programme. The over-arching issue to be discussed at the conference is “Children and Environment.” There will be six scientific sessions: air pollution and Health; urban Environment; children and environment; water and health; chemicals in the environment and health; and risk perception and risk communication. Each session will consist of an overview of activities supported at the national level and presentations of EU-supported projects. For more information, see .

European Environment and Health Committee, EEHC

April 28-29, 2003. Copenhagen. Organized by the EEHC. The European Environment and Health Committee is a unique coalition of countries and organizations in the WHO European Region bringing together representatives from: health ministries, environment ministries, intergovernmental organizations and civil-society organizations. Its role is to provide a forum for the discussion of environment and health policy, and it serves as the steering committee for the series of ministerial conferences on environment and health, held by WHO every five years. For more information, see:

The 21st National Pesticide Forum: Toxics in the Age of Globalization

April 25-27, 2003. University of Texas at Austin. Organized by Beyond Pesticides (US-NGO). The Forum will focus on adopting alternatives to protect our children and communities from the toxic hazards of pesticides, as well as the challenges the pesticide reform movement faces in a world run by multinational corporations. See for more information.

Workshop on Environmental Threats to the Health of Children in the Americas

April 9-11, 2003. Lima, Peru. Held at PAHO’s Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CEPIS). Organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The workshop will invite professionals working in the field, scientists and policy experts from throughout the region and internationally to present profiles of children’s environmental health from selected countries, discuss state of the science and research gaps, identify information and other reporting mechanisms, and recommend urgent actions to be taken to immediately improve the environmental conditions which negatively impact children’s health in the region. This workshop will commemorate World Health Day 2003 with its coinciding theme: Shape the Future of Life: Healthy Environments for Children.

National Seminar on Healthy Environments for Children

7-8 April 2003. Amman, Jordan. Organized by Queen Rania Al-Abdullah Centre for Environmental Science and Technology, Jordan University of Science and Technology, supported by WHO/EMRO. The aim of the seminar is to bring together all partners and sectors together to review the priorities issues related to children and prepare further plans of action and approaches.

National Seminar on Healthy Environments for Children

April 7-8, 2003. Riyad, Saudi Arabia. Organized by the Ministry of Health, supported by CEHA in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office. The aim of the seminar is to bring together all partners and sectors together to review the priorities issues related to healthy environments for children and prepare further plans of action and approaches in the region.

World Health Day "Healthy Environments for Children"

April 7, 2003. World Health Day 2003 is a springboard to launch widespread action within the wider context of healthy environments for children, and thousands of events around the world are anticipated. See for more information.

Managing Children's Risks: It Takes a Commitment

March 26-27, 2003. Harvard University, Cambridge, Maryland. A Symposium for Child Health Professionals, Educators, Policy-makers, Business Leaders, Consumers, and Parents. This symposium will include presentations of current Kids Risk Project research to be released at the meeting and presentations from leaders in business, government, consumer organizations, foundations, and the health community. The objectives of the symposium include: 1. Increasing recognition of the critical role of good data and risk analysis in empowering kids, parents, and policy makers to make better choices in managing children’s risks, 2. Beginning discussions to encourage the development of real partnerships to reduce risks for children and prioritize the national agenda, and 3. Providing a clear message for why we should be very optimistic about the future of our children. See for more information.

World Water Forum

March 16-25, 2003. Kyoto, Japan. Organized by the World Water Council. The Forum will invite participants to share their experience with proven ACTIONS and best practices-supported by sound research, science, and theory-that have facilitated sustainable solutions to water problems. A priority will be to promote dialogue and interaction among the numerous stakeholders in integrating the knowledge and experience gained thus far, appealing to the world through potential solutions and providing information crucial to making a commitment to sustain those actions and solutions. See for more information.

Children's Environmental Health: Identifying and Preventing Environmental Threats to Children

February 24-26, 2003. Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Organized by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) & Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The symposium goals are to: profile environmental health threats to children; address ways to translate science into action to protect children; identify research gaps and developing plans to fill them; and discuss ways to better communicate risk through strengthened media relations. For more information, see .

North American Workshop on Risk Assessment and Children's Environmental Health

February 19-21, 2003. Oaxaca, Mexico. Organized by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The Workshop objectives are: 1. To identify areas where the three countries [Mexico, USA, and Canada] can benefit from the sharing of work, expertise, information and ideas on risk assessment, with a particular focus on children’s environmental health. 2. To share country-specific approaches in assessing environmental health risks to children. 3. To facilitate a common understanding of current risk assessment methodologies, principles, terms and concepts among practitioners, and identify emerging approaches, particularly with respect to children’s health. 4. To coordinate the sharing of scientific information used within and among jurisdictions (i.e. health, environment, and research sectors) for regulatory risk assessment processes and identify information needs. 5. To identify current capacities with respect to risk assessment for children’s environmental health within the three countries, assess future capacity building needs and suggest initial activities.

PINCHE Members Meeting

February 6-7, 2003. Amsterdam, Netherlands. PINCHE is a EU-funded project which started in January 2002. This three year project was initiated by INCHES. The project will look at studies done on Children’s Health and Environment issues in the fields of air pollution, noise, carcinogens and neurotoxicants. Those studies will be evaluated on their exposure assessment, epidemiology, toxicology and risk assessment merits. Also looking at the socio-economic impact on children’s health, the project finally will produce policy relevant recommendations. The purpose of this kick-off meeting will be to get the working groups started and to outline the work for the coming years. The meeting will be open for other interested parties which are willing to participate the coming years in the Policy Interpretation Network on children’s health and environment. For more information, see

Meeting of the Trilateral Children's Environmental Health (CEH) Team

February 6-7, 2003. Virginia, USA. Organized by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America. The CEH Team meeting is a meeting of the governmental team, comprised of officials from environment and health ministries in the 3 North American countries, regarding the implementation of the CEC's Cooperative Agenda on Children's Health and the Environment in North America, and preparations for the CEC Council meeting in June 2003. The Expert Advisory Board has been established to provide advice to the CEC Council on issues of children's health and the environment and related CEC efforts. The work aims to facilitate collaboration among the Parties and with interested stakeholder groups to address environmental threats to children's health, including the effects of toxic substances, impacts of poor air quality and other environmental health issues of common concern. For more information, see:

Workshop on the Promotion of Collaborative Research in Children’s Health and the Environments

February 2-5, 2003. Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the Chulabhorn Research Institute in close collaboration with WHO/HQ and SEARO, in cooperation with WPRO, with the support of USEPA and NIEHS. Participants will be professionals (approx. 30) from the health and environment sectors with experience on research and/or dealing with research matters in their countries/organizations. The objectives are to present and discuss on-going research studies and methodologies used to identify environmental threats and their effects on children’s health, including: (a) the effects of specific hazards (e.g. pesticides, arsenic, lead, mercury, persistent toxic pollutants other), (b) the feasibility and potential of multidisciplinary collaborative studies, and (c) the efficacy of interventions.


Past Events - By Year

  1. 2003
  2. 2002