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DIF Podcast Circular Economy Decoded: What About Health?

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  • Mr. Frank George

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The concept of a circular economy offers an avenue to better growth, good health and decent jobs, while preserving natural resources and providing significant environmental benefits. So far, however, coverage of the health implications of a transition to a circular economy has been relatively limited. In a special session with Mr. Frank George from the World Health Organisation (WHO), this podcast discusses how the transition to a circular economy provides a major opportunity to yield substantial health benefits, including direct benefits to health care systems and indirect benefits from reducing negative environmental impacts. There are also risks of adverse and unintended health effects, however, in processes involving hazardous materials, for example; circular economy strategies and particularly national, regional and local implementation plans need to identify and address these risks.


Speakers

Mr. Frank George

Mr. Frank George

Technical Officer Environment and Health Economics at WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH)

Frank is responsible for strengthening partnerships with other related UN agencies, the EC, EEA and ECHA, World Bank, OECD, Civil Society Organisations, think tanks, academia and the private sector. Under his technical leadership WHO encourages the application of economic tools in the environment and health area in the most harmonized, effective and efficient way - in the spirit of “Better Health for All” and “Leaving No-One Behind”. He has been one of the lead authors of the WHO report “Circular Economics and Health: Opportunities and Risks”

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Piyush Dhawan

Piyush Dhawan

German Chancellor Fellow 2017-18

Piyush is an environmentalist and an experienced sustainability project manager with a background in Corporate Social Responsibility. Piyush worked with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in India and in Germany for five years, where he worked as a National Advisor for Business and Biodiversity. Last year, Piyush won the prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship which is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Piyush was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. Seeing the appalling state of air pollution in his home city, he decided to research how the principles of Circular Economy could be incorporated in an urban context. In the past years, Piyush has represented India as a fellow in European Forum Alpbach, Global Environment Summer Academy (GESA) and Global Thinkers Mentors program.

Elana Harrison

Elana Harrison

German Chancellor Fellow 2017-18

Elana Harrison is an MBA Candidate at HHL Leipzig and an experienced public policy professional with a passion for innovation and sustainability. She previously worked as the Assistant Director of Professional Education at the Environmental Law Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank and membership organization. In this role, she designed educational programs for lawyers and members of the civil service on emerging legal issues, from the use of drones in environmental monitoring to the impact of Brexit on international environmental law. Elana earned a B.A. in International Relations and German from Hendrix College, where she graduated Cum Laude and With Distinction. As a 2017-2018 German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Elana studied the emergence of circular economy and sustainability in German businesses, interviewing startup founders in Munich, Berlin, and Leipzig.

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