Francesca Racioppi


Senior Policy Programme Adviser, Environment and Health Policy and Governance, WHO, Regional Office for Europe

Francesca Racioppi is responsible for supporting the WHO engagement in international environment and health governance, through the coordination of the work of WHO environment and health technical programmes in relevant governance mechanisms. She provides advise and guide on healthy and equitable policies, measures and strategies in public health and health systems and in other sectors, with a focus on the integration of health consideration in decisions, planning and investments of Member States affecting natural and built environments, particularly including transport and mobility in relation to health.

Between 2007 and 2011, she was the acting Head of the Rome Office of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health. Between 2004 and 2011, she established and led the WHO/Europe programme for violence and injury prevention.

In collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) she leads the WHO contribution to the “Transport, Health and Environment Pan European Programme” (THE PEP), a platform that brings together European ministries of transport, health and environment with the objective of better integrating health and environmental considerations into transport policies.

Francesca has extensive experience in addressing environmental health issues through multi-sectoral approaches, as well as in the development of tools and methods that facilitate the uptake of health considerations by non-health sectoral policies. These tools include the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling, an online resource to estimate the economic savings resulting from reductions in mortality as a consequence of regular cycling and/or walking.

Francesca has sixteen years of experience in the development of international policies for environment and health and violence and injury prevention, including by contributing to the organization and coordination of international intergovernmental events, such as the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Parma, Italy 2010).