Traveling from across the globe, 20 Commissioners from the new global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development convened for two days in New York City for a detailed review and rigorous discussion of a research and policy draft report that could change the way pollution is viewed and funded by key decision-makers. The report is scheduled to be published by The Lancet in the first quarter of 2017.
This is the third face-to-face meeting bringing together the Commissioners.
“We are grateful for all the hard work and contributions by dozens of Commissioners and advisors who have been researching, writing, reviewing, analyzing data and discussing the many facets of the complex problem of pollution for close to a year now,” said Richard Fuller, Co-chairman of the Commission, President of Pure Earth, Secretariat for the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.
The Commission comprises many of the world’s most influential leaders, researchers and practitioners in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development. Representatives attended from the World Bank, UNEP, NIEHS, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, World Health Organization, University of California, Berkeley and Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, Princess of Thailand, President and Professor, Chulabhorn Research Institute.
Also in attendance was Pam Das, Senior Editor of The Lancet, who gave an overview of The Lancet’s process in publishing major reports.
The Commission’s three goals are:
- to develop robust estimates of the total burden of disease attributable to all types of environmental pollution and to develop defensible estimates of the total economic costs associated with these diseases;
- to educate key decision makers in countries around the world, especially Heads of State, Governors and Ministers of Finance as well as international donors about the enormous scale of the health and economic effects of pollution and to urge them to take urgent action to address the problem of pollution; and
- to create a new paradigm for global health and international development in which planetary health, pollution control and the movement towards a circular economy are at the center of the agenda.
The Commission on Pollution, Health and Development is an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, with additional coordination and input from the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. Commission activities are implemented by the Secretariat, currently hosted by Pure Earth.