global burden of disease is related in part to environmental exposure, and the need to recognize this relationship in current global development projects is crucial, so that the health impact can be measured and any adverse effects prevented.
As noted above, the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons released a report providing a framework for integrating new goals and measurable targets into the post-2015 development agenda. Balbus noted that previous Collaborative webinars addressed aspects of the post-2015 development agenda including UN processes and ways to provide input, reasonable goals and indicators for environmental health and sustainability, and health equity and social justice considerations.1 He added that the webinar build on those themes in an effort to provide useful information to the global community as the post-2015 agenda and SDGs are developed.
Kumanan Rasanathan, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H., FAFPHM Health Specialist,
Kumanan Rasanathan began with the context of health in the post-2015 agenda, which he identified as an entry point for developing potential targets and indicators for an environmental health agenda. He praised the UN High-Level Panel for performing well in the face of much concern about reconciling the many different and sometimes conflicting agendas. He explained that the process would now move to intergovernmental discussion, with the challenge of preserving the value of the targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) while allowing for broader issues to be addressed, including the role of institutions and the role of governance (see Box 1-2 for a detailed list of the MDGs and related targets). A schematic of the post-2015 Development Agenda process produced by the UN Foundation is shown in Figure 2-1.
1 A summary of these webinars is available at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2013/Global-Development-Goals-and-Linkages-to-Health-and-Sustainability.aspx (accessed September 30, 2013).