WHO continues to lead way in support of China’s Environment and Health Week

Adding zero carbon emission vehicle to WHO bicycles

News release

Dr. Shin Young-soo, Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office cycled to the “Rural Environment and Health in China” event on 3rd June 2015 where he delivered a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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“Health is closely linked to the environment in which people live and work. In China, the rapid urbanization of the population has created a complex set of challenges – in particular, challenges for how we protect health, and the environment,” said Dr. Young-soo. “WHO data shows that environmental risk factors play a role in more than 80% of the disease burden around the world.”

Each year, the Chinese Peasants’ and Workers’ Democratic Party holds a Environment and Health Week, to promote the importance of addressing health and environment challenges in China.

At last year’s event, WHO staff arrived at the Great Hall of the People on WHO branded bicycles.

"Part of our job at WHO is to promote healthy lifestyles. We do this through our work, but we also believe in practising what we preach,” said Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China and biking enthusiast.

Since the debut of the WHO bicycles, the organization has also recently added an environmentally friendly vehicle.

“At WHO, we believe in doing our bit, whether that be bicycling as we did today, walking or taking public transport. When it is not possible for me to cycle or walk, I am travelling in WHO’s newly purchased electric car: the first official diplomatic vehicle in Beijing which emits zero carbon emissions as it travels around the city,” stated Dr. Young-soo.

WHO has been dedicated in supporting China’s efforts to address health and environmental challenges and will continue to further the commitment, including leading by example.

“These are small steps, but at WHO, we take very seriously our responsibility to do what we can to lead the way,” concluded Dr. Young-soo.

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