Health groups call on the leaders of the Western Balkan countries to harmonize national air quality standards with the World Health Organization Global air quality guidelines. Health experts should be actively involved in these decision-making processes to ensure the timely integration of public health measures into environmental policies. Compliance with WHO recommendations brings multiple benefits – reduced incidence of chronic diseases and premature deaths, reduced overall health costs and, most importantly, better health and higher productivity of people.
On the occasion of the 4th Forum of Mayors on Just Transition which will focus on the Social Policy Dialogue on the Transition to Net Zero, HEAL has written an open letter to mayors involved in Just Transition and Recovery deliberations introducing a new tool to assess health protection in just transition plans.
HEAL believes that the health perspective has to be at the center of all Just Transition deliberations and decisions, in order to shift the economy and our ways of life towards a climate-neutral and health promoting future, while leaving no one behind. Just Transition financing must provide targeted support to the most affected regions to alleviate the socio-economic impact of the transition and bring significant health benefits to the local population.