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Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (See endnote 60)

The World Health Organization on March 10-12, 2010, held the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health with its focus on protecting children’s health in a time of changing environmental problems and issues. One of its major concerns was the effect of climate change on the health of children since climate change contributes to the increase in the amount of natural disasters and this has a more profound effect on children than adults. The conference stated that a considerable number of Europeans were suffering from health problems that were linked to environmental conditions and among the vulnerable groups were children, pregnant women, and the socially disadvantaged.

The conference recommended that environmental and health issues should be considered one of the priorities in establishing policies in transportation, energy, industry, and agriculture. It stated that the solution to these problems could boost innovation and competitiveness and create a better economy. It also stated that many environmental effects could be controlled through well-tested health system interventions, specifically the use of primary health care. The various nations attending pledged to work together to help resolve environmental and health issues.

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