The Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS) was established in 2008 to consider solutions to ‘wicked’ problems of human welfare in emerging markets (1). The problems are complex, defy easy answers but demand attention because they menace growth, cohesion and stability in countries that will play disproportionately large roles in shaping the world in the 21st century.
Over the last eight years the EMS agenda has been forged at the nexus of (i) Topical (e.g. discrimination, inequity, governance) and sectoral (e.g. health, nutrition, education) issues; and (ii) The human life-course (children, young people, adults and the elderly).
The eighth symposium, in January 2017, 'Health and Environment in Emerging Markets', will be devoted to the impact of environmental pollution, depletion and degradation on human health in emerging markets and how it could be attenuated or reversed.
Most major morbidities and a quarter of the global disease burden are associated with environmental risks that are disproportionately concentrated in emerging markets. They are also concentrated in the zero to five age cohort for which the loss of healthy life years associated with environmental hazards is five times greater than for emerging market populations as a whole.
The 2017 symposium will explore relationships between demographic, health, education, economic and social policies and decisions made by/for individuals, businesses and civil society organizations during the human life-course. It will be grounded in a conceptual matrix featuring relationships between: (A) Chronic and communicable diseases and (B) Elements of the natural (i.e. land, air, water, climate, life) and built environments.
You can find the full list of previous symposia and a link to download summary report PDFs here.
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1 The EMS focusses on 20 emerging markets: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey