Organized by World Information Transfer, Inc.

Co-Sponsored by United Nations Department Of Public Information

World Information Transfer, Inc. is a Non Profit Non-Governmental Organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations, Promoting Environmental Health.

APRIL 22 and 23, 1999

10 am to 6 P.M.

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Keynote: H.E. Under-Secretary General Kensaku Hogen

Conference Program

Thursday Morning – April 22nd – U.N. Headquarters

10:00 – Moderator: Mrs. Lyutha Al-Mughairy

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Christine Durbak-Chair, WIT

Dr. Nitin Desai-Under-Secretary General, DESA

Dr. Fabrizio Bassani-Director, WHO

10:30 – OPENING ADDRESS: Mr. Kensaku Hogen, Under Secretary General, DPI

11:00 – Dr. Shigenobu Nagataki, “Quantitative Analysis of Radiation Effects: A Paradigm for Studying Health Effects of Environmental Disasters”

11:30 Dr. M. El-Banna, “Health in Developing Countries in the 21st Century”

11:55 – Mr. Robert Fox, “Green Architecture for the 21st Century” – Manhattan’s Green Giant”

12:20 – Dr. Maritza Tennassee, “Challenges of Workers Health in the Region of the Americas”

12:45 – Discussion & Questions

1:15 – 3:00 – Luncheon Speaker: Mr. Arthur Browne, Managing Director, Daily News

Thursday Afternoon

3:00 – Moderator: Dr. Bernard Goldstein

Opening Remarks:

Mr. Miles Stoby, Assistant Secretary General for Millenium Assembly

Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Under-Secretary General, Disarmament Affairs

3:30 – H.E. Dr. Karam Karam, Minister of Health of Lebanon, “Aging in Developing Countries”

4:00 – Ambassador Julia Tavares de Alvarez, “Aging and the Environment: What’s Natural? What’s Not”

4:15 – Dr. Daniel Swistel, “Pollution and Cardiovascular Diseases”

4:45 – Dr. Patricia Myskowski, “Skin Cancer in the Elderly – Environmental Aspects”

5:15 – Dr. Yasmin von Schirnding, WHO

5:40 – Discussion & Questions

6:30 – 8:30 – Reception – BY INVITATION ONLY Friday Morning – April 23rd

9:30 – Film: “Selling of Innocence”

10:00 – Moderator: Dr. Christine Durbak, Chair, WIT

Opening Remarks:

H.E. Ambassador Penelope Wensley, Permanent Representative of Australia

10:25 Dr. Gilda Glasinovich, “Tourism and Sexually Transmitted Diseases”

10:45 – Ms. Rebecca Salonen, “FGM in Uganda”

11:00 – Dr. Ted Schettler, “Endocrine Disruptions and POPS”

11:20 Dr. Cham Dallas, “Age and Species Susceptibility to Toxicity from Environmental Radioactivity Due to the Chernobyl Disaster”

11:40 – Ambassador Betty King

12:00 – Thomas Comitta, “Ecotourism and a Sustainable Community”

12:20 Discussions & Questions

1:00 – 3:00 – Luncheon Speaker: Friday Afternoon

3:00 – Moderator: Dr. Richard Lewis, President Elect, WAAP

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Christine Durbak, Chair, WIT,

Past President of WAAP

3:15 – Dr. Jonathan Lear, “Unconscious Meaning in Political Life”

3:45 – Dr. Susan Vaughan, “Mood Modulation and the Challenge of Optimism

4:15 – Ms. Jane S. Hall, MSW, “Psychoanalytic Work with Adults Who Suffered Trauma in Childhood”

4:45 – CLOSING ADDRESS: Dr. Vamik Volkan, “Post Traumatic States: Beyond Individual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Societies Ravaged by Ethnic Conflict”

5:30 Discussion & Questions Speakers

H. E. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General

H. E. Dr. Karam Karam, Minister of Health of Lebanon

Dr. Klaus Topfer, Director-General UNEP

Ms. Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF

Dr. Nitan Desai, Under-Secretary General, DESA

Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs

Mr. Miles Stoby, Assistant Under-Secretary General for the Millennium Assembly

H. E. Ambassador Penelope Wensley, Mission of Australia

H. E. Ambassador Betty King, Mission of the United States

H. E. Ambassador Julia Tavares Alvarez, Mission of Dominican Republic

H. E. Ambassador Nina Kowalska, Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland

Dr. Shigenobu Nagataki, Director, Hiroshima Radiation Effects Research Foundation

Dr. Vamik Volkan, Director, Center for the Study of the Mind, Univ. Virginia Medical School

Dr. M. El-Banna, Ministry of Health, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Maritza Tennassee, PAHO

Dr. F. S. M. Bassani, WHO

Hon. Simon Upton, Chair, Commission on Sustainable Development

Dr. Ruth A. Etzel, Director, Dept. of Epidemiology, US Dept. of Agriculture

Dr. Patricia Myscowski, Dept. of Dermatology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York

Dr. Dannie Swistel, Director, Cardiovascular Dept. St. Lukes Hospital, New York

Dr. Cham E. Dallas, Director, Toxicology Program, Univ. of Georgia

Dr. Guido Pincheira Vega, Director, Dept. of Ecology, Univ. of Chile

Dr. Peter Orris, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Gilda Glasinovich, Chair, Council on the Status of Latin American Women

Dr. Susan Vaughan, National Institute of Mental Health, New York

Mr. Robert F. Fox, Jr., President, Fox & Fowle Architects

Mr. Thomas Comitta, Thomas Comitta Associates

An Open Letter from Dr. Christine Durbak, Founder of World Information Transfer

January 30, 1999

Dear Colleague:

On behalf of World Information Transfer, I have the honor of inviting you to attend our Eighth International Conference on “Health and the Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions,” on April 22 and 23, 1999, at the United Nations, co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information. This year’s theme is “Environmental challenges to Human Health Through Key Stages of Life.”As you may be aware, our conferences, held at the United Nations, are widely acclaimed for their quality of presentations and participants. You will notice from the attached conference agenda that this year’s program contains very important subjects and many distinguished speakers.

We would be honored if you are personally able to attend our conference. We would also like to extend this invitation to others who you feel will benefit from our presentations on this very important topic. ALTHOUGH OUR CONFERENCE IS FREE, DUE TO VERY STRICT SECURITY REQUIREMENTS AT THE UNITED NATIONS, YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE.

This letter will act as your invitation, so please fill in your response below and email, fax or mail it to us by April 9, 1999.


Dr. Christine K. Durbak, Chair

World Information Transfer, Inc.

APRIL 22 and 23, 1999

10 am to 6 P.M.

United Nations Headquarters, New York


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