WORLD INFORMATION TRANSFER, INC., A Non-Profit NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations, Promoting Environmental Health, in collaboration with the GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE, GOVERNMENT OF GREECE and Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference, Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions on the theme of Economics of Health and Environment

Globalization: corporate or civil?

Environment and health in the 21st century: meeting the challenges of a “globalized” world

Reducing cost uncertainty and encouraging ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

Globalization, population growth and sustainability: challenges for society and Rotary’s role

CHERNOBYL COMMEMORATION, April 26, 2001, 10AM to 6PM Chernobyl Children’s Project

Chornobyl: a Ukrainian tragedy and an important page in world history

Chernobyl associated childhood thyroid cancer: status 15 years after the accident

Children: uniquely vulnerable to environmental hazards


Keynote address: Global business: the first steps in uniting nations on the internet

GEF (SGP) Projects in Africa

Information, healthcare and technology: the impact of the internet on the future of medicine

Global business: the first steps in uniting nations on the internet

Standing up to the wolf pack: Russian indigenous people fight for their survival

Ultraviolet radiation and skin cancer in the new millennium

Improving public health through environmental health research

The importance of water quality for human health


WEDNESDAY Afternoon, April 25th, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Title: Globalization and Health

Introduction to Program – Dr. C. Durbak

KEYNOTE: Minister of Health of Greece H. E. Mr. Harri Holkeri, Pres., UN General Assembly

Moderator: Dr. B. Goldstein, Director, EOHSI

H. E. Ambassador Elias Gounaris of Greece

Dr. Adnan Amin, Director, UNEP/RONA

Laurie Garret, Newsday, The Coming Plague and Global Public Health

Dr. David Korten, Positive Futures Network, When Corporations Rule the World

Dr. Richard Morgenstern, Resources for the Future

Dr. James Listorti, formerly of World Bank

Prof. Dr. F. J. Radermacher, FAW and Rotary Intl.

RECEPTION 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (By invitation only)

THURSDAY Morning, April 26th, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Title: Chernobyl Commemoration: Economics of Catastrophe

KEYNOTE: Mrs. Hilary Clinton

Moderator: Ms. Lyutha Al-Mughairy, Chief, UNDPI

H. E. Ambassador Valeriy Kuchinsky of Ukraine

H. E. Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of Russia

H. E. Ambassador Sergei Ling of Belarus

H. E. Ambassador Marjatta Rasi of Finland

Mr. Kenzo Oshima, USG for Humanitarian Affairs

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Interim Head of DPI

Dr. Vanessa Tobin, Chief, Water and Sanitation, UNICEF


THURSDAY Afternoon, April 26th, Afternoon, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Title: Chernobyl Commemoration: Economics of Catastrophe

KEYNOTE: Ambassador Sergiy Komisarenko, Director, Cancer Institute, Kiev

Moderator: Dr. Zenon Matkiwsky, President, CCRFH. E. Mr. Harri Holkeri, President of UN General Assembly

Dr. Nitin Desai, USG, DESA

Dr. Fabrizio Bassani, Director, WHO

Dr. Sophie Balk, Academy of Pediatric MedicineDr. David V. Becker, NY Hospital, Cornell Medical Center

Ms. Hilary French – Senior Scientist, WorldWatch Inst., author “Vanishing Borders”

Ms. Adi Roche, Executive Director and Founder, Chernobyl Children’s Project

Dr. William Rom, Director, NYU Environmental Medicine Dept.

Ms. Melanne Verveer, Former Chief of Staff to the First Lady, Mrs. Clinton

RECEPTION 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (By invitation only)

FRIDAY, April 27th, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Title: New Education for the Next Generation

KEYNOTE: Jay Walker, President, Walker Digital, founder PRICELINE.com

Moderator: Dr. Christine K. Durbak

H. E. Ambassador Marjatta Rasi of Finland

Mr. Miles Stoby, AUSGDr. Berhanykun Andemicael, IAEA

Ms. Alexandra Cousteau, President, Philippe Cousteau Foundation

Ms. Sybil Diver, Pacific Environment

Dr. Ebby Elahi, Senior Medical Advisor, Co-founder Surgeonesis

Dr. Mohammed El-Banna, Chairman NGO,GEF, Egypt

Dr. Alan Halperin, Chief Dermatologist, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital

Dr. Kenneth Olden, Director, NIEHS


Frank Anton, President

Henley-Wood Publishing Co.

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

January 30, 2001

Dear Colleague: On behalf of World Information Transfer, I have the honor of inviting you to our Tenth International Conference on Health and the Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions, April 25 to 27, 2001 at the United Nations, co-sponsored by the Governments of Greece and Ukraine and co-chaired by Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund. The theme this year is ECONOMICS OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT and will focus on how economic policy can promote or derail health and environment globally. Since April 26th is the 15th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy, this day will be devoted to examining the consequences of this catastrophe and the implementation of preventive measures.As you may be aware, our conferences, held at the United Nations since 1992, are widely acclaimed for their quality of presentations and participants. You will notice from the attached conference agenda that the program contains 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 whom you feel will benefit from learning about this very important topic.

Although our conference is free, due to very strict security requirements at the United Nations, you must register in advance by e-mail or fax only.This letter will serve as your invitation, so please fill in your response below and mail or fax it to us by April 2nd, 2001.


Dr. Christine K. Durbak, Chair

World Information Transfer

World Information Transfer, Inc.

A Non-Profit NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations, Promoting Environmental Health

475 Park Ave. South, 22nd Floor

New York, NY 10016

Tel: 212-686-1996

Fax: 212-686-2172

Conf. E-Mail: witnyc@gmail.com

APRIL 25 TO APRIL 27, 2001

10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM & 3:00 TO 6:00 PM




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