Environment and health
The environment is a major determinant of health, estimated to account for almost 20% of all deaths in the WHO European Region. In 1989, concerned about the growing evidence of the impact of hazardous environments on human health, WHO/Europe initiated the first ever environment and health process, towards a broad primary prevention public health approach, and to facilitate intersectoral policy-making.Read more
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Top storyNew WHO policy paper reviews opportunities to promote environmental sustainability in health systems
Health systems have a substantial impact on the environment and are major consumers of energy and resources, according to evidence compiled in the new WHO policy paper “Towards environmentally sustainable health systems in Europe”.
- New WHO policy paper reviews opportunities to promote environmental sustainability in health systems
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New publicationTowards environmentally sustainable health systems in Europe. A review of the evidence (2016) More publications
GovernanceEuropean process on environment and health
In the late 1980s, European countries initiated the first ever process to eliminate the most significant environmental threats to human health. Progress towards this goal is driven by a series of ministerial conferences held every five years and coordinated by WHO/Europe.Read more
Data and evidenceEuropean Environment and Health Information System (ENHIS)
ENHIS is an evidence-based information system aiming to support public health and environmental policies in the WHO European Region.Read more