2.3. Green cities, healthy citizens

In collaboration with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are health relevant, including Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and 11 (Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable). The EU's Research and Innovation framework programmes can support these goals by providing the necessary co-financing, frameworks and coordination.

Giving examples at city level, the aim of the session is to highlight how EU-funded research and innovation is providing the evidence-base to assess the impact of environmental issues such are air quality, noise, green/blue environment and urbanisation on human health and well-being.

A further aim is to promote the sustainable use of pesticides by giving examples of how the use of pesticides can be minimised in public parks, sports grounds, hospitals and schools, and how to protect the aquatic environment and drinking water supplies, and promote low pesticide-input pest management. Examples of case studies from municipalities to tackle these issues will be given and discussed.

Recording of the session

Dr David Rojas, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain
Dr Dora Almassy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Professor Lora Fleming, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, UK
Malin Kylmä, The Environment Department, Municipality of Helsingborg, Sweden
Tuomo Karkalainen, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
Piroska Kiss, Directorate-General for Health & Safety, European Commission
Rene Wyndham, Moderators Europe


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 09:30 to 11:00