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close this bookWIT's World Ecology Report - Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring (WIT; 2004; 16 pages)
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View the documentWorld Information Transfer: Mission Statement

World Information Transfer: Mission Statement

World Information Transfer is a Non-Profit, NonGovernmental Organization in General Consultative Status with the United Nations, Promoting Health and Environmental Literacy.

World Information Transfer


Dr. Christine K. Durbak

Roland A. DeSilva
Executive Vice Chair

Peter F. Sprague
Vice Chair

Dr. Claudia Strauss

Carolyn Comitta

Dr. Sophie Balk
Dr. Mohamed El-Banna
Dr. Ruth Etzel
Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein
Dr. Philip Landrigan
Cary Granat
Amb. Nina Kovalska
Jonathan Otto
Dr. Scott C. Ratzan
Dr. William Rom
Dr. Luz Maritza Tennassee
Jay Walker

Knowledge brings new choices.
Education brings new knowledge.

World Information Transfer, Inc. (WIT) is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations, promoting environmental health and literacy.

In 1987, inspired by the Chornobyl nuclear tragedy, WIT was formed in recognition of the pressing need to provide accurate actionable information about our deteriorating global environment and its effect on human health to opinion leaders and concerned citizens around the world.

WIT exercises its mandate through:

1. The publication of the World Ecology Report, a quarterly digest of critical issues in health and environment, published in five languages and distributed to opinion leaders around the world, and for free in developing countries.

2. The annual international conference on Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions held at United Nations headquarters in New York since 1992. The world's leading authorities in the field of environmental medicine and science share their latest findings and discuss possible solutions with leaders in governments, business, organizations, and the media.

3. Development and distribution of CD-ROM projects focusing on sustainable development and human health and research on health issues as they relate to the environment.

4. Providing humanitarian relief to areas devastated by environmental degradation. Supplies and equipment are sent to schools, hospitals and orphanages in areas contaminated by the Chornobyl fallout.

5. Centers for Health & Environment providing centralized specific scientific data pertaining to health and sustainability issues. The objective of the Centers is to promote ongoing research, education and the implementation of corrective programs. The first center was opened in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1992 and in 1996 moved to Lviv, Ukraine, at K. Levyckoho 11a, #15, telephone/fax: 322-76 40 39. The second opened in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1997, at Bir Hasan, United Nations Street, Al-Salaam Building, telephone: 961-1-853657.

WIT currently operates from headquarters in New York City with regional offices in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA.

WIT has General Consultative Relationship with the United Nations.

We have not inherited the world from our forefathers...we have borrowed it from our children. -Kashmiri Proverb

World Information Transfer
World Ecology Report

World Information Transfer, Inc.
(ISSN #1080-3092)
451 Park Avenue South, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 686-1996
Fax: (212) 686-2172
Electronic edition available on:

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:

Dr. Christine K. Durbak

Managing Editor:

Dr. Claudia Strauss

Contributing Editors:

Dr. Ruth Etzel
Jonathan Nichol
Dora Rak
Peter Sprague

Circulation Manager:

Carolyn T. Comitta

Language Editors:

Dr. Mohammed El-Banna-Arabic
Taras Prytula-Russia
Lidia Garrido-Spanish
Taras Prytula-Ukrainian


Dr. Andrew Tuziak

Video Production:

Alan Geoghegan

WIT Regional Director-North America

Carolyn T. Comitta
18 West Chestnut Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Tel: (610) 696-3896; Fax (610) 430-3804

WIT Regional Directors-Eastern Europe

Roma Hawryliuk & Amb. Nina K. Kovalska
K. Levyckoho 11a, #15
Lviv, Ukraine
Tel/Fax: (380) 322 76-40-39 & 76-68-18

WIT Regional Director-Latin America

Lidia Garrido
C/Nueva 1,3 Izq.,
31191 Beriain,Navarra, Spain

WIT Regional Director-Western Europe

Dr. Michel Loots
Oosterveldlaan 196
B-2610 Antwerp, Belgium
Tel: 32-3-448-05-54; Fax 32-3-449-75-74

WIT Regional Director-Middle East

Farouk Mawlawi
Al-Salaam Building-United Nations St.
Bir Hasan-Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: (961) 1-853573; Fax (961) 1-853657

WIT Regional Director-Oceania

Gerry Lynch
Unit 3, 55 William Street
Double Bay, NSW 2028, Australia
Tel: 61 (2) 9328-6343; Fax 61 (2) 9328-0546

WIT Regional Director-Africa

Dr. Mohamed El-Banna
74 Sawra St. Heliopolis, 11341
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: (202) 368-2887; Fax (202) 365-0492

WIT Regional Director-Asia

Harris Bazerman
Manhattan I/D - 33 Tai Tam Rd.
Tai Tam, Hong Kong, SAR, China
Tel: 852 2524 9063; Fax 852 2524 6036

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