ISSA Webinar: Social security, health care and environmental protection – Gaps and strategies

23 November 2022 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Social security, health care and environmental protection – Gaps and strategies

23 November 2022 | Virtual

Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 14:00–16:00 (UTC/GMT+1 or CET)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, German and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

Having a considerable impact on the environment, the health care sector can play a leading role in addressing climate change. Efforts to reduce health care’s carbon footprint are fostered through diverse actions by hospitals, clinics and health professionals. This includes encouraging the eco-responsible behaviour of patients, while avoiding putting the financial burden of “green” actions on the patient.

Broader measures involve public health, environmental policy, mobility, urban planning and more. A coordinated approach is therefore needed to reduce the carbon footprint, consumption and waste, while ensuring adequate, effective and sustainable health care systems. New measures can even offer opportunities to better control health care spending, as they call for improvements in the management of environmental risk factors.

Therefore, social security institutions need to consider the broad field of actions in developing innovative methods and levers for more sustainable health care. Despite the urgency, many initiatives are only recent and institutions can benefit from sharing experiences and good practices to gain time and save resources.

This second ISSA webinar on social security, health care and environmental protection will allow to dive deeper into the gaps and strategies, providing international perspectives and country cases to take the urgent actions one step further.

Join us for this ISSA Webinar that will offer the opportunity to reflect on innovative measures taken to ensure environmental sustainability in the health care sector, including country experiences.


Francesca Colombo Francesca Colombo, Head, Health Division, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Maximilian Blindzellner Dr Barbara Wanjiku, Pharmaceutical Expert and Maximilian Blindzellner, Pharmaceutical Expert, Department for Medicines and Remedies, National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV Spitzenverband), Germany
Claire TraonJosselin Pibouleau Claire Traon, Deputy Director, Health Professions Department and Josselin Pibouleau, Director, Primary Health Insurance Fund of Indres, National Sickness Insurance Fund (CNAM), France
Sonia Roschnik Sonia Roschnik, Executive Director, Geneva Sustainability Centre, Switzerland

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What are the current gaps and barriers for more sustainable health care systems to reduce the ecological footprint?
  • How can social security institutions contribute to decrease the negative impact of health care provision on human well-being and the environment?
  • How to develop social protection and health systems that take into account environmental risks and ensure patient safety?
  • How to coordinate efforts at international level to strengthen the impact of the strategies and innovative measures taken?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, ISSA
  • Introduction
  • The expertise from OECD
  • The case experience from GKV Spitzenverband, Germany
  • The case experience from CNAM, France
  • The expertise from the Geneva Sustainability Centre
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Nathalie De Wulf Moderated by Nathalie De Wulf, Technical Officer in Social Security, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.