IFMSA DELEGATION LEAD HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES AT RIO+20 YOUTHBLAST

Bom Dia from Rio de Janeiro!

Welcome to our first blog entry from live on the ground in Rio.

Today was the first day of the Rio+20 Youthblast event, the official lead up event for Children and Youth group. Youthblast brings together over 2000 youth from across the world in a four day preparatory dialogue for the main conference later this month.

An amazingly cosmopolitan delegation of youth was welcomed with inspiring words from the Secretariat-General of the Presidency of the Republic of Brasil, Gilberto Carvalho, who challenged the youth to be the generation to embrace global solidarity in a bid to address the transnational issues facing our world.

We also had the great privilege of presenting a workshop for delegates on a ‘health in all policies’ approach to sustainable development engaging a highly diverse group of about 30 participants. The workshop divided into four mock government ministries: trade, agriculture, environment and urban planning/transport. The groups were firstly asked to identify the top five issues for sustainability. Each portfolio were then asked to link the issues to the ‘cross-cutting’ health case study of obesity. The task proved both enlightening for participants as well as producing a number of quite innovative policy suggestions!

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Abracos from Rio!!

Daniel Yore, on behalf of the IFMSA RIO+20 delegation

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