2017•03•17 Kuala Lumpur
The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) held its first Global Seminar for young professionals on the theme “Governance Challenges for Planetary Health and Sustainable Development in South-East Asia”. The seminar, which took place on 6–8 March 2017, was attended by 25 young professionals from Malaysia and neighbouring countries. The seminar was based on the recommendations outlined in The Rockefeller-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report, “Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch”.
Focusing on the challenges facing planetary health and sustainable development in Southeast Asia, guest speakers including Tan Sri Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid, Dr Natasha Kuruppu, Dr Obijiofor Aginam, and Dr Suneetha Subramanian explored the new paradigm of governing the impact of human activities on the planet’s natural systems.
In their group work, participants discussed innovative policy insights for planetary health focusing on five identified constituencies: health professionals, the academic community, governments, investors and corporate bodies, and civil society. Students explored alternative pathways to become “initiators and drivers of change” for planetary health and sustainable development in the region.
The objective of UNU-IIGH Global Seminars is to enhance awareness of graduate students and young professionals about contemporary global health issues, and the UN’s role in addressing them. It offers an opportunity for young professionals to interact with scholars and practitioners, and to explore innovative thoughts, ideas, and solutions to emerging global health issues.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-IIGH website.