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Health conclusions from ‘The Future We Want’ Rio+20 outcome document

Civil society groups from all over the world voiced disappointment on the outcomes of the UN conference on sustainable development. While the document “The Future We want” lacks concrete objectives and timelines, HEAL is nevertheless pleased to see that health has gained a more prominent role in the lead up to Rio.

In the final conference document ‘The Future We Want’ the health frame has become more prominent and central to sustainable development discussions. Global leaders recognize the fundamental need to act on the social and environmental determinants of health to create inclusive, equitable, economically productive and healthy societies. The environmental prevention of disease is also featured in a specific paragraph.

Additional information:

The assessment of the World Health Organization

The analysis of the International POPs Elimination Network IPEN

HEAL’s article: Rio+20: Reinforcing the link between environment & health

Rio+20 outcome document ‘The Future We Want’

Originally posted on 9 July 2012

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