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Your Environment. Your Health.

International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE)

NGO in Official Relations with WHO, Participating in the WHO Collaborating Centre Network for Children’s Environmental Health

The main purpose of ISDE is to help defend our environment both locally and globally; to prevent numerous illnesses, ensure the necessary conditions for health, and improve the quality of life. In order to safeguard the health of our own generation and of future ones, we must care for the environment. ISDE was established as a tool for educating and updating physicians and the general public, and stimulating awareness and initiatives by public and private bodies, in particular governmental agencies. The Association intends to reach out to all, as fellow citizens of the world.

ISDE has been developing and implementing decision making tools such as Children’s Environmental health profiles, applying the WHO MEME Model as well as developing and implementing educational tools and strategies.

ISDE is highly recognized for its participation and activity in political processes on chemical safety as the Stockholm Convention negotiation and implementation, Basel Convention implementation, Minamata Convention as well as in IFCS and SAICM.

Among other distinctions, ISDE and the national participating organization and members received the following awards:

  • Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety - IFCS with the Special Recognition Award,
  • EPA USA Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award,
  • UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievements
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Centre Contact
Lilian Corra, M.D.
ISDE International Secretary
Website Links

Member organizations:

  • Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization/WHO
  • Chemical and Waste Branch, United Nations Environmental Program: SAICM, Minamata Convention an others chemicals initiatives)
  • International Network on Children's Health and the Environment (INCHES)
Chemicals/Exposures Studied Children Chemical Exposure, Heavy Metals, Mercury under the Minamata Convention, Environmental Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants, Persistent Organic Pollutants, Pesticides, Chemicals in a Changing Climate, E-waste, Polluted sites and health, Chemical water pollution, Air pollution, others.

Climate Change: ISDE is actively participating in UN Climate Change negotiation process as well as in implementing actions at the national level.
Health or Social Effects Studied Children and environment, poverty and environment, rural health and environment pollutants, pesticides management and population exposure, non- communicable diseases, others.
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