The 1st Saving Lives Sustainably: Asia Forum 2018,with a focus on Sustainable Production in the Health Sector, took place on June 13-15 in Manila, Philippines. The goal of the forum was to bring together policy makers, top technical experts on environmental and social issues related to the global health supply chains, and United Nations (UN) suppliers and manufacturers.
Over 180 participants from 40 countries including Scotland, Malaysia, Nepal, United States, Philippines, Switzerland, Turkey and more, came together to exchange knowledge and best practices on the latest sustainable production techniques and share concrete examples of the benefits and savings brought by sustainable production.
During the first two days, the forum focused on environmental sustainability in the global health supply chains, specifically on water, energy, packaging and waste management. The third day hosted focused on social sustainability, specifically on human and labor rights and gender equality.
Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sustainable production is fully integrated into the ambitious framework and widely recognized as a key element to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of Health Care Without Harm and other organizations, such as the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, The Asian Development Bank, UN Environment, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, and Business Call to Action convened the event.