Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2022) . . Page.. 900 ..
committee recommends that the Assembly adopt Batocara mitchelli as the fossil emblem for the ACT, as selected by the ACT community through the public vote.
Ordered that executive business be called on.
World Health Day
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (11.13): I move:
That this Assembly:
(a) each year the World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day to promote global awareness of the importance of health and focus attention on a specific theme that impacts people all over the world; and
(b) that World Health Day in 2022 is occurring on 7 April and the 2022 theme is “Our planet, our health”;
(2) recognises the impact of climate change on the health and wellbeing of people and on the health of the planet;
(3) notes the ACT Government:
(a) has joined the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network; and
(b) is investigating a formal commitment to the World Health Organization’s COP26 Health Programme goals;
(4) acknowledges the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world and the ACT; and
(5) conveys its thanks to all health workers who have provided exceptional care throughout this pandemic and continue to protect the ACT community.
I rise today to move this motion on World Health Day and recognise that each year the World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day to promote global awareness of the importance of health and to shine a light on a specific theme that impacts people all over the world. The theme for World Health Day this year is Our Planet, Our Health.
The World Health Organization is urging all nations and societies to take action to keep people and the planet healthy and to foster wellbeing across society. The health and wellbeing of people and the planet are closely interlinked, and climate change is a health issue as much as it is an environmental one. According to the World Health Organization, environmental factors are responsible for almost a quarter of the global burden of disease.
This government believes that everyone should have the right to live in a healthy environment, and I thank Ms Clay for introducing a separate motion to this effect