2017 (10th) China’s Environment and Health Publicity Week
Title of event: 2017 (10th) China’s Environment and Health Publicity Week
Date: 5-11 June 2017
Organizer: Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party and nine ministries including Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Health
Co-sponsors: UN Environment, WHO and UN-Habitat
Scope and location: nationwide
Background note: The China’s Environment and Health Publicity Week, as a joint initiative of Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party and nine ministries, gets strong support from minister-level officials. The impacts and influences of previous nationwide advocacy activities are well observed in China. The initiative complements the efforts in implementing China’s National Environment and Health Action Plan, and aligns with China’s strategy for building a healthy and beautiful China. It attracts wide attention and participation from central and local governments, academia, enterprise, media and civil society. UN Environment, WHO and UN-Habitat are actively engaged for contributing international perspectives and linkage with its national work.
The launching ceremony, focusing on the ‘air quality and health’ discussed the health challenges imposed by air pollution and environmental risks, shared measures and practices on improving air quality, planning and initiatives of environmental protection, economic development, human health, forestry conservation, weather forecasting during the 13th Five-year plan period (2017-2020). Senior officials from Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party, the United Fronted Work Department of CPC Central Committee, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Health, State Forestry Administration, China Meteorological Administration, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, State Oceanic Administration, UN Environment, WHO, UN Habitat attended the event.
On behalf of UN agencies, Mr. Zhang Shigang, Country Coordinator of UN Environment delivered a keynote speech at the launching ceremony. In his speech, he shared the theme of 2017 world environment day “Connecting People to Nature”, implores people to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, understand the value of ecosystem services and to take forward the call to protect the Earth. He pointed out that air pollution has become an invisible killer of human health, the importance of air quality to human health could not be ignored. UN attaches great importance to the linkage of a healthy environment and human well-being. The 3rd United Nations Environment Assembly, to be held end of this year, focusing on pollution, aims at reaching global consensus and join hands in addressing pollution challenges. UN agencies are working on the development of a joint partnership between UN Environment, the World Health Organization and the World Metrological Organization for delivering jointly in country on environment and health with air quality as top priority.
Mr. Zhang praised the Chinese government for lifting the nation's efforts on fighting for a blue sky. He commended the impacts and influences of China’s Environment and Health Publicity Week since 2008 on spreading and advocating the knowledge and concepts of healthy environment and its linkage to human health. He calls on extensive collaboration and concerted efforts to integrate the concept of environment and health into all aspects of society and deeply rooted among the public. The WHO representative is quoted as a good example for his efforts in fighting for a blue sky in Beijing by continuous green transportation for years.
The major activities of this campaign include the 3rd National Environment and Health Symposium, environment and health subjected drama show, chronic disease prevention clinic, advocacy activities in the community, campus and countryside. The experts will be invited to spread the knowledge and concept of environment and health via social media platforms. Posters and brochures on air quality and health will be produced and widely distributed in the public events.
The UN Environment Assembly, the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will gather in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4-6 December 2017 under the overarching theme of pollution. This year’s Assembly aims to deliver a number of tangible commitments to end the pollution of our air, land, waterways, and oceans, and to safely manage our chemicals and waste. These will include the following: