On October 31, 2018 in Geneva Switzerland, Dr. Beate Ritz addressed the World Health Organization’s first-ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health. Participants included ministers of health and environment and other national government representatives; representatives of intergovernmental agencies, health professionals and other sectors (e.g. transport, energy, etc.), as well as academic, research, and civil society. The conference recognized the need for an aspirational goal of reducing the 7 million annual deaths due to air pollution by 2030, as a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference underscored the links between air pollution and the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and positioned the health sector to catalyze actions for health-wise policies on energy, transport, and waste. 

Dr. Ritz’s talk “Air Pollution, Fetal Development, and Children’s Brains: Time to Act” may be downloaded or viewed at the links below.

Download Dr. Ritz’s slides at: http://www.who.int/airpollution/events/conference/CAPH1_Parallel_session…

See the video of her talk at: http://www.who.int/airpollution/events/conference/en/

1. Go to “Parallel Events” in the box for videos on the site

2. Click on session “Reducing Air Pollution and improving children’s health” Oct 31, 2019 11:30-13:00

3. Fast forward to minute 9:00 for Beate Ritz’s talk