BOX 1-3
Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public three-part webinar series (workshop) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human health. The webinars will feature invited presentations and discussions to look at possible health-related measures and metrics that can be utilized for creating new SDGs as the Millennium Development Goals sunset in 2015. The workshop will focus on fostering discussion across academic, government, business, and civil society sectors to make use of existing measurements that can be adapted to track progress of global sustainable development and human health. The committee will develop the webinar agendas, select invited speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. A workshop summary based on all three webinars will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with National Research Council policies and procedures.

The presentations and discussions that occurred during the webinars are summarized in the subsequent chapters. Chapter 2 considers lessons learned from the MDGs and opportunities for aligning environmental health objectives with the post-2015 development agenda. Chapter 3 includes provide perspectives on possible health goals and indicators for sustainable development while making connections to climate change. Chapter 4 provides insights on making linkages between sustainable development, health equity, and social justice. The webinar agendas can be found in Appendix A, and the speaker biosketches are included in Appendix B.

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