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HEAL AGA welcomes new members, votes in new Executive Committee and its strategic plan

HEAL’s 2016 Annual General Assembly, which took place on 20 and 21 October elected a new Executive Committee, welcomed five new member organisations and agreed HEAL’s 2016-2020 strategic plan.

Eight candidates stood for election to the HEAL Executive Committee. Four existing members will remain and three new members were voted onto the Committee. The Assembly agreed that the eighth candidate, Indre Butiene, Klaipeda University, Lithuania, should become an observer and that the office of the Executive Committee should be extended from two years to four.

The new Executive Committee is as follows: Peter van den Hazel, International Network of Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES), remains HEAL President; Marie-Christine Dewolf, Hygiene Publique en Hainaut, Belgium, remains Vice President; and Lynn Ladbrook, Breast Cancer UK, has become Treasurer. Other members of the Executive Committee include Valerie Xhonneux, Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW); Ruth Echeverria, Foundation Alborada; Isabel Proano Gomez, European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA); and, Jessica Carreno Louro, Association Internationale de la Mutalitie (AIM).

Caption: From left to right: Isabel Proano Gomez, Jessica Carreno Louro, Peter van den Hazel, Marie-Christine Dewolf, Lynn Ladbrook and Ruth Echeverria

HEAL’s new member organisations are:

- Swedish Doctors for the Environment (Sweden) aims to promote good living conditions and health for today’s and tomorrow’s generations, nationally and globally.

- ALHem – Safer Chemicals Alternative (Serbia) focuses on reducing the risk of hazardous chemicals, promoting safer alternatives, and acting as a watchdog on chemicals safety policy.

- Stand up to Cancer - Kom op tegen Kanker (Belgium), aims to promote the best treatment and best environment for those with cancer.

- Medact (UK) educates, analyses and campaigns for global health on issues related to conflict, poverty, and the environment and aims to mobilise the health community to support policy change and shift public attitudes.

- Institute of Public Health of Serbia (Serbia) aims to manage public health, environmental protection and prevention of risk factors for disease and injuries. The Institute is part of the Serbian environmental agency.

HEAL Executive Director, Génon K. Jensen told the Assembly: "These new additions to HEAL bring total membership to 78 organisations in more than 25 countries.”

Caption: HEAL Members gather in the winter garden during the 2016 Annual General Assembly

Former HEAL Treasurer Dave Stone from Natural England (left) told the Assembly that over the past eight or nine years, HEAL had moved from an organisation that was “crying out to be listened to” to one that is “being heard”. He said that HEAL’s findings were regularly being quoted back to us all, which was helped by strong media coverage and citations in journals and publications.

The Assembly also adopted HEAL strategic plan 2016-2020, which had been prepared in consultation with HEAL members, staff and Executive Committee throughout the previous two to three years. The Assembly approved HEAL’s vision for a world in which today’s and future generations can benefit from a clean environment to enjoy long and healthy lives. A world that is free of health-harming chemicals, where the air we breathe and food we eat are health promoting; and a future in which we have transitioned to a toxic free, de-carbonised, climate resilient and sustainable economy and way of life.

Caption: HEAL Secretariat at the 2016 Annual General Assembly

Last updated on 28 October 2016

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