African Health and Environment Ministers gathered in Luanda, Angola on 23-26 November for the Second Inter-Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment. The Conference aimed at sustaining the political commitment made by Ministers at the Libreville Conference in 2008, on enhanced inter-sectoral actions and co-benefits for human health and the environment, as part of their engagement towards sustainable development in the African region.
The Conference addressed progress made by countries in the implementation of the Libreville Declaration, identified country-level actions and agreements on the continent’s health and environment top priorities with a view to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The four-day Conference concluded with the adoption of the Luanda Commitment which outlines the continent’s health and environment priorities and commits countries to take actions to address them, and accelerate the implementation of the Libreville Declaration.
Jointly organized by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Angola, the second Inter-Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa brought together ministers of health and ministers in charge of environment of African countries, as well as participants from a broad range of constituencies such as multilateral agencies and secretariats of international agreements, cooperation partners, development banks and regional political and economic organizations, scientific experts, civil society, including NGOs, the media, academia and the private sector.
This Conference followed the First Inter-Ministerial Conference where health and environment Ministers in Africa agreed to build a strategic health and environment alliance to reduce environmental threats to human health and well-being. At this historic gathering, Ministers signed and adopted the Libreville Declaration which committed governments to taking the measures required to stimulate the policy, institutional and investment changes needed to optimize synergies between health, environment and other relevant sectors.