People and Planet

From Theory to Solutions Conference 2024: towards transformations

13 - 15 February 2024
Lahti, Finland

The People and Planet Conference, of which ICLEI is a supporting partner, will bring together researchers, decisionmakers, specialists and other stakeholders interested in planetary health, sustainability and wellbeing to participate in three days of transdisciplinary sessions, discussions, presentations and posters that spur transformative action through scientific knowledge.

The conference will focus on how human health and the health of the planet are closely connected and what can be done to protect and enhance both. In particular, the conference encourages finding solutions in complex systems and the interlinked crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and the rise of noncommunicable diseases.

Science-informed knowledge and solutions for tackling challenges around planetary health are essential for transformative action. Planetary health requires supportive leadership and urban planning, sustainable healthcare, sustainable food systems, active mobility and improved understanding of the value of nature to our wellbeing, among other subjects. Furthermore, an emphasis is needed on finding effective intervention points and strategies while considering societal megatrends such as digitalisation and aging population.

This conference follows on from the Helsinki Planetary Health Conference in 2019, People and Planet Conference in 2021, and will continue in the spirit of the Helsinki Declaration in emphasising the urgency for action.

The conference is organised in connection to Nature Step to Health – Lahti Regional Health and Environment Programme 2022-2032, by Lahti University Campus together with City of Lahti, Wellbeing Services County of Päijät-Häme and other partners.

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