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Government Subsidies to the Global Financial System

The primary goal of the present study is to understand the character and to estimate the total value of subsidies, both direct and implicit, from governments to the private sector institutions that make up the global financial system.
A secondary objective of this analysis is to deepen the understanding of the extent to which the existing suite of subsidies to the private financial sector tends to advance or obstruct the global effort to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Regional Forum on Environment and health

The Fourth Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian countries takes place from the 6th to 8th October 2016 in Manila, Philippines. It aims to address environment and health issues effectively and to strengthen cooperation among ministries of environment and health, building on outcomes and progress achieved as showcased at the three previous Forum meetings.

Climate change

Limiting temperature change within 1.5 degrees Celsius has become a global challenge. How much longer can we go before the consequences of global warming have drastic impacts on human health and well-being? The climate change commission of the Philippines and two lead UN agencies on environment and health agendas  discussed the outcome of COP21 to be able to tackle complex challenges posed by climate change on human health and welfare.

WHO and partners reflect on the outcomes of the Conference of Parties on climate change

MANILA, 23 February 2016 – From 30 November to 11 December 2015, world leaders, climate change experts, representatives from the private sector and civil society organizations met in Paris to set a new standard for dealing with complex global problems posed by climate change. In all, 195 countries committed to limit the temperature increase to well below two degrees Celsius. This United Nations Conference of Parties on climate change, (COP 21) resulted in a major agreement and "a huge flame of hope."

Air Quality

The Charter of the Regional Forum identifies the health implications of air quality as one of the regional priorities since 2007, and created a Thematic Working Group (TWG) on air quality.  The TWG developed and implemented a workplan to address the air pollution-related issues and also provides technical support for the Regional Forum on Environment and Health on air pollution related issues.

Air Quality

Air quality has become a major environmental and health concern in Asia and the Pacific. The rapid growth of cities, together with associated expansion of industry and transport systems, has contributed to an increase in air pollution emissions making nations and leaders in the region more concerned. Air pollutants contribute to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease and low birth weight.

Regional Forum - Effort towards better environment and health

Human health and well-being and the environment are inextricably linked. Environmental deterioration such as air pollution, climate change, contamination with hazardous chemicals, uncontrolled waste generation and disposal, and ecosystem disruption have effects on human health which are direct and immediate as well as indirect effects that occur over the medium to long term. Estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 24 per cent of the total burden of disease in Asia and the Pacific is attributable to environmental risk factors.

The Regional Forum makes effort towards better environment and health.

Environmental deterioration can have devastating effects on human health. The Regional Forum provides a venue for sharing knowledge and experiences, improving policy and regulatory frameworks and promoting policy dialogue to implement integrated strategies on environment and health.


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