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Chemical Pollution and One Health

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The plenary sessions are available and can be viewed hereThe Postconference Compendium of Briefs is now available to download.  

Harmful chemicals are everywhere - in our daily lives and in the habitats that all living organisms depend on. Exposure to chemical pollution is linked to a wide range of health impacts, including chronic diseases, neurological disorders and reduced fertility. Pollution is one of the most common causes of premature deaths and an enormous burden on healthcare systems caused by chemical exposure-induced chronic diseases. The academic community has gathered compelling evidence on how chemicals and chemical waste endanger human and animal health, the environment, and the planet's biodiversity. While these insights have led to some policies and regulations, the rapid increase in chemical production and the damage caused by chemical pollution, interlinked with climate change and biodiversity loss, require us to think differently and act quickly. 

For two days in October 2023, 180 chemical pollution and health experts from government, academia, industry, and civil society from different countries engaged in science-to-policy dialogues to discuss the critical next steps and how to speed up efforts.


Our latest summit, Chemical Pollution and One Health: from Reactivity to Proactivity, resulted in an impressive collection of knowledge and policy recommendations that we have compiled in a compendium of briefs.

Download the full report, or view separate briefs from each workshop.

  • Opening remarks by Prof. Maria Knutson Wedel, Vice Chancellor, SLU at Uppsala Health Summit 2023

  • Dr. Leonardo Trasande, JIM G. Hendrick MD Professor, Vice Chair for Research, NYU School of Medicine

  • Mr. Baskut Tuncak, JD, Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute

  • Dr. Sharon McGuiness, Executive Director, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

  • Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Executive Director, ChemSec

  • Dr. Pete Myers, Chief Scientist and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Per Ängquist, Director General, Swedish Chemicals Agency

  • Dr. Sinaia Netanyahu, Program Manager, WHO Regional Office for Europe

  • Dr. Maria Cristina Zucca, Head of the Pollution and Health Unit, UNEP

  • Jytte Guteland, Member of Swedish Riksdag (S) and the European Parliament

  • Desmond Alugnoa, Africa Climate and Zero Waste Program Manager, GAIA and Co-founder of GAYO

Last modified: 2024-04-25