Eleventh Conference, 2002


Health and the Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions


A Non-Profit NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations,
in collaboration with the
Government of Jamaica and Government of Ukraine
invite you to the


APRIL 25 AND APRIL 26, 2002
10:00 am to 1:00 PM & 3:00 to 6:00 PM



Luncheons with Guest Speakers: UN Delegates Dining Room, April 25 and April 26
Dr. Christine K. Durbak, World Information Transfer, Conference Chair
Dr. Sophie Balk, Montefiore Hospital, New York City, Co-Chair
American Academy of Pediatrics, Co-Sponsor
H. E. Ambassador Patricia Durrant, Ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations
H. E. Ambassador Valeriy Kuchinsky, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations
Minister of Health of Ukraine
Minister of Health of Jamaica
Dr. Adnan Amin, Director, UNEP/RONA
Dr. Hanifa Mezoui, U.N. DESA
Mr. Kenzo Oshima, USG for Humanitarian Affairs
Mr. Olara A. Otunnu, USG for Children in Armed Conflict
WHO expert on Tobacco
Dr. M. El-Banna , Chairman, NGO-GEF, UNDP, Egypt
Ms. Adi Roche, Executive Director and Founder, Chernobyl Children’s Project
Devra Davis, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, H. John Heinz School of Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Topic: Environmental Effects on Cancer in Girls and Women
Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., MPH, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.
Topic: Chemicals and Pesticides: Risks to Children in a World of Globalized Commerce.
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., MSc, Professor and Chair, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
Topic: The Long-Term Consequences of Early Childhood Exposures to Toxic Chemicals in the Environment
Dr. Allan Halpern, Chief Dermatologist, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital
Topic: Rising Risk of Skin Cancers to Children Worldwide
Walter J. Rogan, M.D., Senior Investigator, NIEHS Epidemiology Branch
Topic: Childhood Exposures to Endocrine Disruptors
Michael Shannon, M.D., MPH, Clinical Director, The Pediatric Environmental Health Center Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA.
Topic: Childhood Development and Neurotoxicants
Katherine M. Shea, M.D., MPH, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
Topic: Applying the “Precautionary Principle” Versus Standard Human Health Risk Assessment to Childhood Exposures


An Open Letter from Dr. Christine Durbak, Founder of World Information Transfer
January 4, 2002

Dear Colleague:
On behalf of World Information Transfer, I have the honor of inviting you to our 11th International Conference on Health and the Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions, which will be held on April 25th and 26th 2002 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The theme this year is CHILDHOOD ANTECEDENTS TO ADULT ILLNESS.

As you may be aware, our conferences, held at the United Nations since 1992, are widely acclaimed for their quality of presentations and participants. This Conference is particularly relevant since the recommendations of our expert speakers will be submitted to the Governments for consideration at the Children’s Summit in May 2002 as well as the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in September 2002.

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, registration is mandatory, in advance by mail, 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 10th, 2002.

Dr. Christine K. Durbak, Chair
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:В witnyc@gmail.com