This page will be updated regularly as speakers and sessions are confirmed. All plenary session are moderated by Robert Watt, Stockholm Environment Institute 


17:30 - 19:00 Welcome reception at Uppsala Town Hall


08:00 Registration opens at Uppsala Castle

09:00 Uppsala Health Summit Opening

Welcome by Professor Anders Hagfeldt, Vice Chancellor Uppsala university and Chairman of the Uppsala Health Summit Steering Committee

09:20 Plenary Session 1: Setting the Stage

The goal of this session is to present the overarching challenge of addressing chemical pollution and its consequences on global health  - as well as emphasizing the complexity and urgency of finding solutions through a One Health perspective.


Dr Baskut Tuncak, Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. Former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous waste.

Dr Leo Trasande, Jim G. Hendrick MD Professor, Director of the Division of Environmental Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine; USA

Dr Sharon McGuinness, Executive Director, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

10:30 Coffee break 

11:15 Workshops in parallel

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Workshops in parallel continue

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Plenary Session 2: Towards a European Green deal 2.0

The "European Green Deal” is a broad and ambitious strategy for societal transformation towards sustainable development within and beyond the European Union. A key component of the deal is the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, which comprises more than 80 actions points, including legal revisions. The Green Deal moreover links these measures to combat pollution with climate mitigation and biodiversity protection, as well as social measures to ensure that no person or place is left behind. This session takes stock of the progress so far and discusses implementation synergies and barriers, as well as the prospects for a future development of the deal, aiming for a Green Deal 2.0.

Confirmed Speakers: 

Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Executive Director, Chemsec, Sweden

Dr Pete Myers, Ph.D. Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University

17:00 End of Day 1

18:00 Dinner at Norrlands Nation


09:00 Welcome and report back from workshops from Day 1

09:30 Plenary Session 3: Navigating the Triple Crises: Biodiversity, Chemicals and Climate 

The "triple crisis," the intertwining of climate change, environmental pollution, and biodiversity loss, causes unprecedented and rapidly unfolding impacts on human health and well-being, animal health, and air, water, soil, food and eco-systems. This plenary session will highlight the important role of chemical pollution in the triple crisis our planet is faced with, and addresses how this topic could receive the required political attention. 


Dr Sinaia Netanyahu, Program Manager, European Center for Environment and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Maria Cristina Zucca, Head, Pollution and Health Unit, Chemicals and Health Branch, United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), Kenya

Jytte Guteland, Member of the Swedish Riksdag and the European Parliament

10:50 Coffee break

11:15 Workshops in parallel 

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Workshops continue

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Plenary Session 4:

Conclusions from Wednesday's workshops

An inspiring panel discussion on actionable insights into policy approaches and communication strategies for driving change.

Confirmed Speakers: 

Desmond AlugnoaAfrica Climate and Zero Waste program manager for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative and co-founder of the Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO)

17:00 Uppsala Health Summit 2023 closing

Last modified: 2023-09-19