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Key European leaders commit to tackling air pollution and other environmental risks to health

European leaders agreed to take political action against major environmental risks to human health during a meeting in Lithuania last week.


European leaders agreed to take political action against major environmental risks to human health during a European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania last week (1 July).

The themes of the EHMB meeting – air pollution, climate change and chemicals – are the same as the forthcoming Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which will take place in 2016.

During the meeting, members committed to taking steps towards ridding Europe of diseases caused by asbestos, and supporting the adoption of global air quality standards in 2015.

They also made a plan to build stronger links between existing environmental agreements that will improve human health.

The EHMB is made up of health and environment ministers from several European countries, as well as senior officials at the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Health Organization. They will meet again in February 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

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