Health and the environment
"By working together, we can create a future where health and environment are at the centre of sustainable development." – Regional Director, WHO Office for the Western Pacific.
The mandate of WHO’s environment and health programme is to support Member States in improving health outcomes linked to environmental risks including:
- unsafe water and inadequate sanitation;
- poor air quality (indoor and outdoor);
- exposure to toxic, hazardous waste and chemicals; and
- climate change.
A key emphasis is on enabling more collaboration between health and environment sectors. WHO aims to enhance capacity in countries through regional networks of experts, sharing of good practices among countries, research, policies and action on environmental and occupational hazards to health, and beefing up of environmental surveillance and information systems.