Original post: noharm-global.org
The 1st Saving Lives Sustainably: Asia Forum 2018, with a focus on Sustainable Production in the Health Sector, will take place on June 13-15 in Manila, Philippines, and free registration is open until May 31. Asia Forum is organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of Health Care Without Harm and other organizations, such as the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, The Asian Development Bank, UN Environment, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, and Business Call to Action. The event aims to facilitate a dialogue between the key stakeholders from the global health sector and showcase front-running public and private innovations on the sustainable production of health commodities.
Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sustainable production is fully integrated into the ambitious framework and widely recognized as a key element to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The forum's goal is to bring together policy makers, top technical experts on environmental and social issues related to the global health supply chains, and United Nations (UN) suppliers and manufacturers.
Key stakeholders concerned or involved in the sustainable production in the global health sector, will exchange the knowledge and practice on the latest sustainable production techniques, and share concrete examples of the benefits and savings brought by sustainable production. During the first two days, the forum focus will be on environmental sustainability in the global health supply chains, specifically on water, energy, packaging and waste management. The third day of the forum will host numerous sessions focusing on social sustainability, specifically on human and labor rights and gender equality.
The Forum will host some of the world’s most eminent thinkers, organizations and practitioners who will inspire and open discussion on sustainable production, procurement, and supply in global health.
Sustainable Health in Procurement Project
Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) is a program developed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), that aims to reduce the harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture, use and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programs.
SHiPP is a four-year project aiming to promote sustainable procurement in the health sector, in the United Nations (UN) Agencies, and in key project countries through the reduction of toxicity of chemicals and materials in health products, the reduction of greenhouse gases in the supply chain and the conservation of resources. The program began its implementation in January 2018. For more information on the project, click here.
Why Sustainable Procurement in Healthcare
Sustainable procurement can drive positive health impacts for patients, communities and the environment. Public procurement has been identified as a key entry point for promoting more sustainable production and consumption patterns. The role of procurement in influencing the environmental impact of health sector operations is well acknowledged, and sustainable procurement practices have the capacity to reduce a significant proportion of the health sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.
By adopting sustainable procurement policies, strategies and practices, health systems, governments and international development actors can therefore be drivers for a major shift towards inclusive, green economies. This requires products and services that are compliant with environmental and social standards throughout their lifecycle.
For more information on sustainable procurement in the health care sector, click here.