Session 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
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. Many of the goals 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 European Union's current Research and Innovation framework programme – Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) - can contribute to these goals by providing the financial instruments and frameworks to support the research and innovation necessary to meet the SDG goals.
The aim of the session is to highlight how EU-funded research and innovation is providing the evidence-base and networks to assess the impact of environmental issues such are air quality, noise, green/blue environment and urbanisation on human health and well-being. Examples of actions taken at the local city level to tackle these issues for the benefit of public health will be given and discussed.
A further aim of the session 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 in an interactive session.