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European Environment and Health Process Newsletter

April 2017

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Deadline for nominations for the Ostrava Conference

The deadline for nominations for the representatives of Member States and partners at the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health is approaching soon. The WHO secretariat has requested to be informed of the nominations by 10 May 2017.
Nominations are accepted also after that date and they can be modified up until the Conference.Once a nomination is received, the secretariat sends registration information to the nominees. Registration is done online and each Conference participant receives a unique confirmation number that should be kept safely – it is needed to update the registration as necessary and to access parts of the Conference website which are not in the public domain.

Participants who have received an email invitation are requested to register on the conference site
Share your stories – a call for contributions to the programme of the Ministerial Conference
Countries, institutions and organizations are invited to submit materials to showcase innovative approaches or successful projects related to the seven priority themes of the Sixth Ministerial Conference.
Download Call for audiovisual and poster materials in English and Russian
6th Ministerial conference  on environment and health website

The web site of the Sixth Ministerial Conference is on-line and is being continuously updated. Please check often for updates on the programme, documentation and other information.

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Side events at the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

Information on side events at the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health will be available soon  on  the conference web site alongside the provisional programme.There will be a total of 15 side events hosted by a range of international and nongovernmental organizations, governments, agencies and stakeholders. The events will cover many of the conference’s priority areas.

Reaching out to Member States and partners

WHO organized, together with UN Economic Commission for Europe, UN Environment Programme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic briefings for the diplomats in order to reach out to the Member States and partners in the run up to the Ministerial Conference, A briefing for the Permanent Representatives took place in Geneva on 4 April 2017 and for the Ambassadors in Copenhagen on 11 April 2017. The events were co-hosted by the Czech Ambassadors HE Jan Kara and HE Jiry Brodski.

Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC), WHO Regional office for Europe and UNEP organized a preparatory meeting for the Member States in Central Asia in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 28-29 March 2017. Representatives of the ministries of health, environment and foreign affairs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan discussed environment and health priorities and work in Central Asia and their participation in the Ministerial Conference in Ostrava.

A briefing for diplomatic missions in Prague will take place on 10 May 2017.


Consultations advance towards Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

Member States, WHO/Europe, UN organizations and other stakeholders have advanced discussions ahead of the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health. The Ad Hoc Working Group of the European EHTF met  in Frankfurt, where, they advanced the drafting of the Conference’s outcome documents and completed discussions on future institutional arrangements for the European Environment and Health Process. Final draft of the Ministerial Declaration  will be available at the Ostrava Conference website in early May 2017.

Health and well-being depend on action at city level

The city of Pécs is hosting the 2017 WHO European Healthy Cities Network Annual Business and Technical Conference, which opens today. This year’s theme is “Building Healthy Cities: inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.“Cities are both key vehicles for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and agents for achieving a future that is sustainable, inclusive, safe and resilient,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “We cannot achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda or Health 2020, and improve the health and well-being of all, without engaging at the city level.”
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Transport and health communities share experience on cycling plans

Representatives from ministries and international organizations, with practitioners of sustainable mobility in tourism, met in Belgrade, Serbia, on 1–2 March 2017 to address mobility challenges across Europe.Countries including France and Switzerland shared their experiences of creating NTHEAPs. These comprehensive intersectoral plans are key tools and mechanisms for developing sustainable and healthy transport at the national level. They contribute to a number of international commitments, including Health 2020, the Parma and the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) declarations.

World Water Day: good health and managing wastewater go hand-in-hand

Access to safely managed water and sanitation services is crucial to achieving and maintaining good health and well-being, the aim of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
On 22 March, World Water Day focuses global attention on an issue that will play a pivotal role in the world’s efforts to achieve global development goals and, in doing so, to leave no one behind.

Evolution of WHO air quality guidelines: past, present and future (2017)

This document summarizes key WHO publications in the field of air quality and health since the 1950s, which led to the development of the series of WHO air quality guidelines.
Workshop on research priorities on Environment and Health
Cascais, Portugal, 27–28 April 2017

7th meeting of Environment and Health Task Force  (EHTF)
Copenhagen, Denmark, 10–11 April 2017

Renewed impetus for the European Environment and Health Process in Central Asia
Almaty, Kazakhstan 28–29 March 2017

12th meeting of Environment and Health Task Force Ad-Hoc Working Group (open to all EHTF members)
Frankfurt, Germany, 24 March 2017
4th session of the 24th Standing Committee of the Regional Committee (SCRC)
Geneva, Switzerland, 20–21 May 2017

Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
13–15 June 2017, Ostrava, Czechia

67th session of the Regional Committee
Budapest, Hungary 11–14 September 2017
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