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Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

The Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health was held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 13-15 June. Organized by the World Health Organization for Europe in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the United Nations Environment Programme, the 3 day event saw 500 representatives from the 53 countries of the European Region, international and nongovernmental organisations meet to track progress and prioritise future action on environmental risks to health which culminated in the signing of the Ostrava Declaration.

There has been a noticeable increase recently in the number of news stories about children’s health, and the publication this week of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) ‘State of child health’ report has brought into sharp focus the need to deal with this important health issue at a local level.

Belfast Healthy Cities today provided a platform for local children to give their views on the development of Child Friendly spaces in Belfast under the theme ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’ with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister in attendance.

Pupils from Cranmore Integrated Primary School, Glenveagh School and St Kevin’s Primary School gathered in the Girdwood Community Hub to discuss how the physical environment around children can impact their health.

Belfast Healthy Cities Chief Executive, Joan Devlin, attended the ‘Well-being for all – equity and health’ conference organised by the City of Reykjavik and Directorate of Health, Reykjavik.  Joan was invited to give a presentation on ‘Healthy Cities – Connected for Health’ including the experience of Belfast being a healthy city across all six phases since the inception of the European Healthy Cities Network.   

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