Within the framework of the First Latin American Congress of Planetary Health, which will take place from August 21 to 23, 2023 at the UdeC Faculty of Agronomy at its headquarters in Concepción, the faculties of Agronomy and Pharmacy of the University of Concepción will play a leading role, which have organized the first meeting of the Latin American Hub for Planetary Health of the Alliance for Planetary Health.
UDEC Communications.- The Latin American Planetary Health HUB aims to bring together experts and leaders from the region to address the planetary health challenges that affect Latin America. This first meeting is a significant milestone for the Alliance, as it marks the first face-to-face meeting of a regional network for collaboration in the search for innovative solutions to protect the health of our planet and its inhabitants.
In the words of the representative of the Latin American HUB for Planetary Health, Dr. Raquel Santiago, “this first meeting in person aims to connect groups and actions that, in some way, benefit the strengthening and expansion of the HUB. Always with the perspective of improving communication with all stakeholders to better understand the current problem, propose and implement solutions in the short, medium and long term”.
For his part, Dr. Winfred Espejo, an academic from the Faculty of Agronomy and member of the congress organizing committee, highlighted the importance of this meeting for the region, “Latin America is home to a great diversity of ecosystems and communities, and it is essential to address planetary health problems from a local perspective. The meeting of the Latin American HUB for Planetary Health will be a crucial space to share experiences, establish alliances and develop joint strategies that strengthen our response capacity to the environmental and health challenges we face”.
Likewise, the members of the organizing committee belonging to the Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr. Claudio Müller and Dr. Berta Schulz, emphasized the interdisciplinary nature and interfaculties of this activity, noting that “collaboration between different disciplines and faculties is essential to address the complex challenges we face in planetary health. This meeting will promote dialogue and the integration of knowledge from various areas, such as agronomy, pharmacy and many others, to find holistic and sustainable solutions. It is an important step towards building an integrated approach.”
In addition, the associate director of the Alliance for Planetary Health, Dr. Carlos Faerron, highlighted the relevance of this initiative to strengthen the global network of the Alliance, indicating that, “the holding of the first meeting of the Latin American HUB for Planetary Health represents a transcendental advance in our shared fight to safeguard the health of our planet. This meeting, by uniting leaders and experts from all over Latin America, strengthens not only our regional presence, but also the global interconnection of the Alliance for Planetary Health. It reminds us that each local effort, each individual and collective action, contributes significantly to the advancement of our global cause: the care and protection of our common home, planet Earth.
The Alliance for Planetary Health invites experts, researchers, health professionals, government representatives and leaders of non-governmental organizations to be part of the Latin American HUB for Planetary Health and to participate in the first meeting of the Latin American HUB for Planetary Health, in what promises to be a transcendental event for the advancement of planetary health in Latin America.