Setting standards

Published: Saturday 31 July 1999

the third European conference on environment and health recently organised in London resolved to set an agenda for improving health and environment standards in Europe for the next century. Representatives of 51 countries, international agencies and groups representing consumers and the corporate sector participated in the meet. The theme of this year's conference was 'Environment and Health in Partnership: Implementations of actions for the 21st Century'.

The participants urged for international cooperation on trans-boundary problems such as air pollution, lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a prerequisite to health. The speakers asked the governments to encourage physically active mode of transportation systems like cycling and walking instead of motor vehicles as they are major contributors to air pollution. The participants also stressed that depletion of the ozone layer was a major factor responsible for the decreasing health standards in Europe and other parts of the world.

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