Forty-fifth session


Country Visits: Report of the Sub-Committee of the Regional Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation, Part I

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered Part I of the report of the Sub-Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation on its visits to the Philippines, Singapore and Solomon Islands to review WHO's collaboration in the field of health and sustainable development - environmental health;*

  1. ENDORSES the recommendations in the report on country visits of the Sub-Committee of the Regional Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation;
  2. URGES Member States:
    (1) to provide the strong political leadership required to achieve environmentally sound and sustainable development;
    (2) to strengthen the involvement of the health sector in environmental management and development planning processes;
    (3) to make specific provisions for effective intersectoral coordination to more clearly focus and resolve issues of health and sustainable development;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to ensure that the resources of the environmental health programme are used appropriately to support the activities of other agencies and the work of other programmes in the Organization;
    (2) to encourage the use of national expertise in collaborative environmental health activities throughout the Region;
    (3) to vigorously apply the new focus provided by the Regional Strategy on Health and Environment, particularly in the area of the integration of health and environment concerns in sustainable development;
  4. THANKS the Sub-Committee for its work;
  5. REQUESTS the Sub-Committee, as part of its terms of reference in 1995, to review and analyse the impact of WHO's cooperation with Member States in the field of healthy lifestyles with a focus on tobacco-or-health activities;
  6. DECIDES that the countries to be visited in connection with the review are Australia, China and Singapore.

* WPR/RC45/8

22 September 1994

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