Thematic Meeting on Healthy Environments, Luxembourg, 28-29 January 2009

This meeting, part of the preparatory process towards the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, discussed technical issues and advanced the drafting of the Conference declaration.

Discussion took place on ways to address respiratory diseases, obesity and injuries through spatial planning of health promoting environments identified priority actions for inclusion in the draft declaration. The Chairperson of the Declaration Drafting Group presented the latest draft and facilitated discussions and negotiations. The new draft would be submitted to the Third High-level Meeting in April 2009 for finalization.

Issues for discussion included:

  • respiratory diseases arising from indoor air pollution and inappropriate indoor environments;
  • obesity in children resulting from lack of appropriate urban and spatial planning that promotes increased physical activity in safe and supportive environments;
  • injuries in children arising from unsafe indoor and outdoor environments.

The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Health of Luxembourg and the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Consumers.