Eighth Conference, 1999


Health and the Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions





United Nations Headquarters, New York
APRIL 22 and 23, 1999 (10 am to 6 P.M.)
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.
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
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.


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.