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Fourth Basel Sustainability Forum

03/06/2019 , Basel, Switzerland

SDGs, Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, Tropical Health, Health, Zero Hunger, Clean Water, Wellbeing
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Welcome from the Chairs

Welcome from the Chairs

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (UN SDG 3) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Its targets include a reduction of: premature deaths of mothers and newborns, infectious and communicable diseases, premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, alcohol and substance abuse, road traffic accidents, and deaths from chemicals and pollution. Furthermore, UN SDG 3 aims to strengthen or promote mental health and well-being, sexual and reproductive health, access to health-care services and affordable medicines and vaccines, and the capacity for the management of national and global health risks (UN SDGs 2015). UN SDG 3 is only one of 17, each similarly ambitious.

The UN SDGs are interdependent, considering how some goals serve as preconditions for healthy lives, and others are consequences thereof. Precursors are, for example, UN SDG 2 (End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture), UN SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), UN SDG 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all), UN SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), and UN SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), among others. Goals affected by health are, for example, UN SDG 8 (Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all). Some goals are both preconditions and consequences of health, such as UN SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere). Poverty reduction is associated with better health and nutrition, which in turn has an effect on poverty reduction (ibid.).

According to the OECD, the per capita health expenditure in 2015 (PPP) was US$9451 for the US, US$6935 for Switzerland, US$731 for China, and US$267 for India. Despite considerable variations in expenditures, all countries are struggling to maintain health care coverage in the face of rising costs, evolution of health care demands by the population, and changing demographics.

Health care is a central pillar of economic development, social welfare, and environmental management, and it is equally important to the most and less developed economies. Accordingly, health and sustainability are related in at least two ways: the first relates to the reciprocal relationship between health and sustainability, the second to the sustainability of health and health care.

The Basel Sustainability Forum 2019 will focus on local and global issues associated with sustainability and health. It will explore different positions from health research, health policy, and the health business sector, and how these positions contribute or are obstacles to the sustainability of health, and health as a pillar of societal sustainability.

Constanze Pfeiffer, Hans-Florian Zeilhofer and Max Bergman
Chairs of the 4th Basel Sustainability Forum

When: 3 June 2019, 08:30-17:00

Where: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel

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The event is free but participants need to register here.

Places are limited and we are unable to accommodate unregistered guests, once we reach the limit imposed by the conference venue.

The Basel Sustainability Forum is a Swiss local offshot of the World Sustainability Forum.
The conference language is English.
Other edition in this series: 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy and 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Mobility and 3rd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Climate

Conference Chairs

Hans-Florian Zeilhofer
Professor and Chief Physician in mouth-, jaw- and face surgery, University of Basel, Switzerland





Constanze Dorothee Pfeiffer
Project Coordinator at Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel, Switzerland







Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland






Introduction of Program

Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland



Speakers

TBA

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Conference Secretariat

Dr. Franck Vazquez
Martha Vogel
Christoph Ratz
Dolma Vanetti
Diana Costa Lopes
Matthias Burkhalter


Email: burkhalter@mdpi.com

Mailing Address

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BSF 2019 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland
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Program and Schedule

Preliminary Program
The 4th Basel Sustainability Forum: Health
3 June 2019, Alte Universität, University of Basel, Switzerland

08:30

Registration

Morning Chair: TBA

09:00

Introduction of Program

Prof. Max Bergman
University of Basel

09:05

Keynote 1

TBA

09:30

Keynote 2

TBA

10:15

Coffee Break

10:45

Keynote: 3

TBA

11:30

Questions and Panel Discussion

Moderator: TBA

12:15

Lunch Break

Afternoon Chair: TBA

13:45

Keynote 4

TBA

14:30

Keynote 5

TBA

15:15

Coffee Break

15:45

Multi-stakeholders Roundtable

Moderator: TBA

Panelists

TBA

17:00

Closing Remarks

Prof. Max Bergman, University of Basel

17:15

Apéro offered by MDPI

When: 3 June 2019, 08:30-17:00

Where: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel

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The event is free but participants need to register here.

Places are limited and we are unable to accommodate unregistered guests, once we reach the limit imposed by the conference venue.

The Basel Sustainability Forum is a Swiss local offshot of the World Sustainability Forum.
The conference language is English.
Other edition in this series: 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy and 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Mobility and 3rd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Climate

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The conference will be held at the 'Alte Universität', Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel.

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About the University of Basel

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.

As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students.

The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. In international rankings, the University of Basel is regularly placed among the 100 top universities in the world thanks to its research achievements.

The University of Basel has deep roots in the economically powerful and culturally rich Basel region. The university also works closely with domestic and international partners to make relevant contributions to the advancement of the sciences and society. This also means that the University of Basel pays particular attention to aspects of sustainability, equal opportunity and knowledge transfer.

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BSF2019 Blog

14 August 2018


Campaigners have criticised NHS’s care of women with mental health issues as ‘not fit for purpose’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

More than 200 patients killed themselves in mental health units over seven years, new figures have revealed, prompting concern about the safety and quality of care.

Data collected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 224 people died of self-inflicted injuries between 2010 and 2016 in mental health hospitals in England.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/5bk

8 August 2018

The top 10 causes of death

Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed 3.0 million lives in 2016, while lung cancer (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.7 million deaths. Diabetes killed 1.6 million people in 2016, up from less than 1 million in 2000. Deaths due to dementias more than doubled between 2000 and 2016, making it the 5th leading cause of global deaths in 2016 compared to 14th in 2000.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/5al

6 August 2018

Health, environment, and sustainable development


Kwame Nkrumah Interchange - Accra, Ghana - photo by Kwasiog

Urban planning is a health issue, and health is an urban planning issue. More than 80 percent of people living in urban areas are exposed to polluted air. Air pollution causes 7 million deaths each year, exerts an economic burden of billions of dollars, and is responsible for over a third of deaths by lung cancer, stroke and pulmonary disease.

The sectors that are the biggest causes of urban air pollution — transport, energy, waste and other energy intensive industries — also contribute to other major health risks, including traffic injuries, noise stressors, barriers to physical activity and sanitation risks.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/59s

6 August 2018

The guardian: "Air pollution linked to changes in heart structure"
Written by: Nicola Davis

Study shows correlation between levels of exposure to fine particulate matter and chamber enlargement seen in early stages of heart failure


London skyline: people living in the UK are 64 times more likely to die from air pollution than people living in Sweden. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

Air pollution is linked to changes in the structure of the heart of the sort seen in early stages of heart failure, say researchers.

The finding could help explain the increased number of deaths seen in areas with high levels of dirty air. For example, a report last year revealed that people in the UK are 64 times more likely to die from the effect of air pollution than people living in Sweden. Such premature deaths can be linked to a number of causes including respiratory problems, stroke and coronary artery disease.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/59r

31 July 2018

Speaking to the global health chief: An interview with WHO’s Dr Tedros


Image: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Photo by James Chau

Coming into office on a strong wave of support, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – or Dr Tedros – as he is popularly referred to, took the helm of the World Health Organization (WHO) in July last year.

Universal health coverage (UHC) was a central theme of his election campaign, and so it’s no surprise that he has made this a pillar of his leadership in the 12 months since. At its simplest, UHC is accessible and affordable health care for everyone, where “all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.” It’s not new. When it was founded in 1948, WHO’s constitution made clear that health was a fundamental human right. What Dr Tedros is seeking to achieve today takes this vision to a different level.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/58p

30 May 2018

Basel Sustainability Forum Series 2019 / 2020

The organizer of the Basel Sustainability Forum Series are currently looking for founding partners for the next four editions of the Basel Sustainability Forum to support the conferences and to join the newly founded MDPI Sustainability Foundation network.

For more information please contact: Matthias Burkhalter, MDPI Sustainability Foundation, Email: burkhalter@wsforum.org

29 May 2018

BSF2018 - Final Program Uploaded


The final program of the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate has been uploaded at https://bsf-3.sciforum.net/. Keynote: Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, University of Bern - Climatic Hazards in Africa and Insights for Farmers Food Security.

24 May 2018

BSF2018 - The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum: Climate

Océane Dayer

Keynote: Océane Dayer, Swiss Youth for Climate and SDSN Switzerland - The Paris Agreement – Mobilization Beyond the International Arena

Paris Agreement: Essential Elements

The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.

The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework. Further information on key aspects of the Agreement can be found here.
Reference: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement

14 May 2018

BSF2018 - The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum: Climate - Roundtable Moderation by Kim Berrendorf

KimiB.Good

Kim Berrendorf alias KimiB.Good will moderate the Multi-stakeholders Roundtable at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate. Participants: Angela Hinel (University of Basel), Thomas Hügli (Chief Sustainability Officer AXA Switzerland), Matthias Nabholz (Head Environment and Energy, Canton Basel-Stadt), Chinwe Ifejika Speranza (Professor University of Bern), Andreas Zivy (Chairman of Ameropa Holding, Founding Member of the Ameropa Foundation) and Marco Piffaretti (University of Basel).

27 April 2018

BSF2019 / 1 - The 4th Basel Sustainability Fourm: Health

BSF4

Announcement: The 4th Basel Sustainability Forum on Health Issues in Switzerland and Africa will be held in Spring 2019. Ideas? Please let us know and subscribe to the 'Conference Series' to stay updated.

19 April 2018

Short Bio of the Confirmed Main Speakers



Océane Dayer
Founder and Vice-President Swiss Youth for Climate and Co-Chair SDSN Switzerland. As the representative of the Swiss Youth at the UN (YouthRep) in 2015, Océane founded Swiss Youth for Climate http://sci.fo/4qt. She is also Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland http://sci.fo/4qu

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern, Switzerland http://sci.fo/4qv. Prof. Ifejika Speranza is a Geographer with backgrounds in Climatology (BSc, Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria), Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (MSc, Univ. of Zurich), and Human Geography (PhD, Univ. of Bern). She is Professor at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland. She has over 10 years’ experience in training Extension Officers in Kenya and Tanzania on drought and food security management, and is involved in science-policy activities. She is an associate fellow at the German Development Institute, Bonn, and a visiting Professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is an editorial board member of Regional Environmental Change.

Thomas Stocker
Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP), University of Bern, Switzerland http://sci.fo/4p2. Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences of ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. Thomas Stocker has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate dynamics and paleoclimate modeling and reconstruction. From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group I of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) http://sci.fo/4qw that provided the scientific foundation of the Paris Agreement http://sci.fo/4qy. Thomas Stocker holds two honorary doctorates (University of Versailles and ETH Zürich) and received numerous awards for his work. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist in 2017 https://marcel-benoist.ch/en/.

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06 April 2018

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza and Thomas Stocker Keynote Speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management and Thomas Stocker, Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP) both from the University of Bern, Switzerland confirmed as keynote speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate.

The event is free but participants need to register here.

05 April 2018

United Nations Climate Change Head Wants Donald Trump Back in the Paris Agreement

Patricia Espinosa
Photo: Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The head of the United Nations body charged with addressing global warming wants to work with the Trump administration to bring the U.S. back into the Paris Agreement on climate change, she told TIME last week at an energy conference in Houston.
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that she remains “hopeful” that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement can be reversed before it becomes official in 2020. By Justin Worland, TIME

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4ov

02 April 2018

China’s Bold Energy Vision

WSA Cape Town
Thandi Mgwebi, Max Bergman, Sonia and Jeffrey Sachs joint recipients of the first World
Sustainability Award
, and Franck Vazquez at the ceremony during WSF2017 in Cape Town,
South Africa. Photo: Matthias Burkhalter

China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the world faces today. By Jeffrey D. Sachs

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4o7
Chinese Version: 中国大胆的能源愿景

29 March 2018

"Every country must put the welfare of the whole Earth above all else"

Joseph Deiss
Photo: Joseph Deiss. © WTI

Whether the environment, business and trade, migration, or institutional development: the international community faces immense challenges. Now, 15 years after it officially joined the UN, Switzerland, too, must re-examine its global role: Does it wish to act as a bridge builder for a better world? How does it help enable real solutions? At the 1st Swiss-UN Day on March 23, 2018, representatives from science, policy, international organizations, and civil society met at the University of Bern to discuss the way forward. By Gaby Allheilig

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4o1

07 March 2018

University of Basel tests camera for Mars rover

Nikolaus_Kuhn
From Witterswil to Mars: Professor Nikolaus Kuhn tests the operation of a specially
developed camera with a model of the ExoMars Rover. (Image: University of Basel, Florian Moritz)

In 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA) is sending a rover into space to examine the surface of Mars for signs of life. Its on-board equipment includes a high-resolution camera developed in Switzerland, and researchers from the University of Basel are currently testing the camera’s operation in an artificial Martian landscape.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4n7

01 September 2017

Climate scientist Thomas Stocker awarded the Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize


Professor Thomas Stocker and Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.

Thomas Stocker, a professor at the University of Bern, has been awarded this year’s Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize. By means of climate modelling and ice core analysis, Prof Stocker has been able to demonstrate the reality of climate change and its resulting consequences. In keeping with the objects of the Foundation, his research findings are of great importance to human life, and address one of the main challenges facing today’s society. Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Marcel Benoist Foundation, met Professor Thomas Stocker in Bern today, and congratulated him on this important award. The award ceremony will be held in Bern on 1 November.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4n8

Conference Poster

Restaurants for Lunch

10 minutes by tram 8 direction 'Neuweilerstrasse' - 'Tram Stop: Markthalle'

Alte Markthalle, Steinentorberg 10, 4051 Basel


Photo: Alte Markthalle

10 or less minutes walk from the 'Alte Universität' Basel

KLARA, Clarastrasse 13, 4058 Basel


Photo: Nicolas Gysin

Manor Basel, Greifengasse 22, 4058 Basel



or one of the 'Buvettes' alongside the 'Kleinbasler Rheinufer'



More restaurants can be found here: http://sci.fo/4s4

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