All plenary sessions are moderated by Robert Watt, Stockholm Environment Institute 


17:30 - 19:00 Welcome reception at Uppsala Town Hall - Address: Stadshusgatan 2, 75321 Uppsala


08:00 Registration opens at Uppsala Castle

09:00 Uppsala Health Summit Opening

Welcome by Prof Maria Knutson Wedel, Vice Chancellor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and member of the Uppsala Health Summit Steering Committee.

09:20 Plenary Session 1: Setting the Stage
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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 Leonardo Trasande, Jim G. Hendrick MD Professor, Director of the Division of Environmental Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine, USA: Climate, Plastics and Biodiversity Loss: the Other Tripledemic.”

Mr Baskut Tuncak, JD, Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. Former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous waste: “Bridging the Toxic Divide”.

Dr Sharon McGuinness, Executive Director, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland: “How ECHA is working to protect health and address chemical pollution.”

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
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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 action 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.


Ms Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Executive Director, Chemsec, Sweden: “Chemical strategy – future.”

Dr Pete Myers, Chief Scientist of non-profit Environmental Health Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Mr Per Ängquist, Director General, Swedish Chemicals Agency: “Cornerstones for an efficient chemical legislation- Enforceability and clarity.”

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 
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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: "Environment and Health in the WHO European Region"

Dr Maria Cristina Zucca, Head, Pollution and Health Unit, Chemicals and Health Branch, United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), Kenya: “Pollution and One Health: strengthening the nexus.”

Ms 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: Looking forward
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Conclusions from Wednesday's workshops

16:10 Mr 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): "Fostering universal health equity through a toxic free world, a look at the work of youth and informal communities in Africa."

16:30 An inspiring panel discussion on actionable insights into policy approaches and communication strategies for driving change.

17:00 Uppsala Health Summit 2023 closing by Prof Johan Schnürer, Vice-Chancellor, Örebro University and member of the Uppsala Health Summit Steering Committee.

Last modified: 2023-10-31