Mar 9, 2009, 6:19 AM
The first inter-ministrial conference on health and environment in Africa will be held in
The conference jointly organsined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is expected to attract hundreds of delegates including health ministers, ministers of environment, high -level experts, academics, policy makers, bilateral and multilateral institutions and NGO's
The conference, the first of its kind in
Dr Luis Sambo, WHO Regional Director for
According to him, the conference is a step towards future collaborative efforts between the WHO and UNEP and ministries of health and environment to implement integrated activities that promote health and sustainable development.
Angela Cropper, deputy director UNEP, said evidence that ecosystems, species and the quality of the environment relate to human health has been increasing, there is however a lag in concerted policy and action to address this relationship.