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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in ASEAN

ASEAN has committed to intensify community building through enhanced regional cooperation and integration, in particular by establishing an ASEAN community comprising the ASEAN political-security community, the ASEAN economic community and the ASEAN socio-cultural community, as provided for in the Bali Declaration of ASEAN Concord II.

ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) has the primary goal of contributing to realizing an ASEAN community that is people-centred and socially responsible, with a view to achieving solidarity and unity among the nations and peoples of ASEAN by forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society which is inclusive and harmonious where the well-being, livelihood, and welfare of the peoples are enhanced.

Today HIA is being implemented in a number of ASEAN member states. in Cambodia, Lao PDR., and Malaysia, HIA is anchored within environmental frameworks relying on government decisions to integrate HIA within Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) programmes. Thailand's approach uses a public policy process to advocate HIA at the policy level as well as in EIA and at the community level. Grassroots communities and local government authorities are able to initiate and conduct their own Health Impact Assessments. Currently, Thailand and Vietnam are applying HIA in case studies on various topics.

These vary in scope and size, from national policy on transportation, agriculture and energy to public health and disease control programs. These case studies are providing experience to be learnt from in order to further develop HIA. Many HIA case studies, such as in Lao PDR, apart from being a good learning process, have proven to be very useful in providing supportive information for EIA reports.

The 6th Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development (SOMHD) on 25-27 july 2011, Naypyitaw, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the meeting agreed on the following HIA matters;

A. Thailand to lead the initiative as well as implementation of HIA and report it to SOMHD;

B. Member states will nominate Focal Point for HIA and submit it to ASEAN secretariat within 25 August 2011;

C. Thailand will develop the TOR and framework of HIA and further share and discuss it to the HIA Focal Point;

D. Convene the 1st Capacity Building Workshop on HIA for ASEAN on February 2012, as proposed by Thailand.


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The documents, video recordings and presentations for the 2nd HIA ASEAN Workshop 2012

The documents, video recordings and presentations for the 2nd HIA ASEAN Workshop 2012 would be posted online. Please click to download.

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