For three hours, university teachers discussed with each other and with the experts in the audience the conditions under which core elements of Sustainable Development Goal 8, Decent Work and Sustainable Economic Development, can be integrated into University Education Programmes.
This involved curricular, didactic and institutional questions. The aim of this discussion was to find out what is necessary to enable future experts in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational safety but also public health to improve working conditions in their country and promote sustainable economic development, taking into account climate change, growing social inequality, rapid technological change and associated health risks.
Finally, the European and African perspectives on SDG 8 were recapitulated and the question was asked how the African perspective can promote sustainability in OSH.
Overall, the event exceeded its self-imposed goal of stimulating an exchange among OSH experts from the two continents. At the end, it was clear and palpable that there will be further cooperation not only among the invited experts, but also involving some of the participants.
More information on the workshop and a picture gallery can be found on our "ENETOSH events" page.