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Integrating Health, Sustainability and Ecosystems in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Pierre Horwitz, Karen Morrison, Margot Parkes, Jonathan Patz and Jakob Zinsstag International Association for Ecology and Health (

EcoHealth[1] is a journal that aims to advance research, practice, and knowledge integration at the interface of ecology and health by publishing high quality research and review articles that address and profile new ideas, developments, and programmes. This paper introduces a central idea: that the achievement of health as expressed in the MDGs is dependent on creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems. This creates a direct link with MDG goal 7 but there is interdependence between all goals. For example, it is not possible to address health issues without being attentive to links between Goal 3 (Promote gender equality and empower women), Goal 5 (improve maternal health) and Goal 7 (ensure environmental sustainability).  The authors maintain that the MDGs are too narrow to encapsulate the breadth of social and environmental determinants of health, including inequity in opportunities for health, and very few targets and indicators are focused on integrative themes or interventions. The achievement of health goals is underpinned by the condition and functioning of ecosystems, including urban ecosystems.

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