TTIP bad for health says civil society11.07.2014
BRUSSELS, 11 July – The next round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will take place July 14–18 in Brussels, almost exactly a year since the first round in Washington, DC. Since that time, movements for local and regional farming and food systems and public health advocates on both sides of the Atlantic have coordinated efforts to raise their concerns around the agreement. Civil society groups from the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) are deeply concerned that the agreement could serve to lower standards on food safety and public health.
Reducing EDCs = saving money18.06.2014
On June 18, 2014 the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has launched a report calculating the costs of exposure to endocrine or hormone disrupting chemicals in the European Union per year. Wemos contributes to the EDC Free Europe coalition together with the HEAL. On 11 June Wemos organized a meeting where HEAL gave a presentation on EU policy and EU member states policy of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Wemos wants the Netherlands to work on a national plan to phase out Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and we want the Netherlands to push the EU to take further steps.
Are governments failing?17.06.2014
Sometimes it happens that one is just in the right place at the right time. At the recent World Health Assembly, while we were busy with final preparations and disseminating flyers for the MMI/Wemos side event on non-communicable diseases and public policy space in the context of free trade and market deregulation, the WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hit the nail right on its head saying, in her opening speech: “In my view, something is fundamentally wrong in this world when a corporation can challenge government policies introduced to protect the public from a product that kills”.
A health worker for everyone, everywhere!05.06.2014
The world is 7.2 million health workers short. This seriously threatens the health of people worldwide. Especially middle and low income countries are severely affected. The partners in the project ”Health workers for all and all for health workers” (HW4All) call on European decision makers to contribute to securing sustainable health workforces. They now invite relevant institutions and the public to sign their Call for Action “A health worker for everyone, everywhere!”
Free trade agreements undermine public health26.05.2014
At the 67th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva several actors active within global health have raised their concerns about free trade agreements and market deregulation. A side event at the WHA organized by Medicus Mundi International (MMI) , Wemos Foundation, and the NGO Forum for Health underlines the potential loss of policy space that governments have to address the increasing global health threat of non communicable diseases (NCDs).
CSOs protest against inviting Melinda Gates at WHA20.05.2014
At the 67th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization, Melinda Gates is invited to speak. Wemos and other civil society organisations have released a press statement in reaction to this invitation.
How to preserve policy space for public health? #WHA6708.05.2014
Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the face of free trade and market deregulation: How to preserve policy space for public health? (first announcement) Geneva, 20 May 2014, at the Palais des Nations. Civil society side event to the 67th World Health Assembly.
#GoodFoodAlliance: sign our action plan for a better food system08.05.2014
Wemos is part of The Good Food Alliance. Together with Fairfood, Youth Food Movement, foodwatch, The Hunger Project, and FIAN Netherlands we are dedicated to improve the food system for all people in the world. We all possess the required knowledge and experience and, together, we cover the entire food chain. All people in the world are entitled to sufficient food that is safe and nutritious and has been produced in an honest, sustainable and transparent way.
The WHO and multi-stakeholder governance28.04.2014
This month member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) gathered in Geneva for two meetings that will probably shape the direction of the organization for the coming years. End of March, a second informal consultation on WHO’s engagement with non-state actors took place, and this week (23-25 April), member states came together to discuss a global coordinating mechanism for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).