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.
Inter-governmental cooperation on Environment and Health in South East and East Asian countries was started in 2004 through a High-Level meeting in Manila in November 2004. In August 2007, the Southeast Asian countries of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam and the East Asian countries of China, Japan, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea adopted the Charter of the Regional Forum on Environment and Health as well as the Bangkok Declaration establishing the Regional Forum formally.
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. The Fourth Ministerial Regional Forum will be hosted by the Philippines in October 2016
The Forum’s Vision
Health and environment at the centre of development
The Forum’s Goal
Create a platform for national and regional action to enhance and safeguard health and the environment and promote sustainable development