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WAO President, Professor Ruby Pawankar, MD, PhD, speaking at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) 23 April – 4 May 2012 in New York City addressed members of parliament, Ambassadors, representatives of various country missions to the United Nations, academia, civil society and the staff of various UN agencies, on the the need for guidelines, global partnerships, and innovative strategies to reduce the burden of non-communicable disease, especially allergies and asthma.

Participating in the “Second Round of Informal Consultations on the Zero Draft of Outcome Document to Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development,” Professor Pawankar called upon legislators and governments to work together with health authorities, international organizations, doctors, academia, patient representatives and industry toward a common goal of reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases especially allergies and asthma, developing cost-effective innovative preventive strategies and a more integrated, holistic approach to treatment to prevent premature and unwanted deaths and improve the quality of life of patients.”

L-R: Ramón Cruz, Institute of Transportation and Development Policy; Ruby Pawankar, President, World Allergy Organization; Mónica Adame, Parliamentarians for Global Action; Ambassador Herman Schaper, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations; Shazia Rafi, Secretary-General, Parliamentarians for Global Action; Pindi Chana, Member of Parliament, Tanzania; Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Executive Coordinator.

Photo and news from IISD Reporting Services 25 April 2012 in “A Special Report on Selected Side Events at the Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development”, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC) and reported by Kate Louw and Suzi Malan.

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