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Third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

25 - 27 November 2013

Oslo, Norway

The third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health took place on 25-27 November 2013 in Oslo, Norway. It was organized by UNECE and WHO Regional Office for Europe at the kind invitation of the Government of Norway. Some 150 participants, representing Parties and non-Parties from the UNECE region, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations attended the third session of the Meeting of the Parties. The meeting began with a special session on equitable access to water and sanitation.

Третья сессия Совещания Сторон Протокола по проблемам воды и здоровья состоялась 25-27 ноября 2013 года в г. Осло, Норвегия. Она была организована ЕЭК ООН и Европейским региональным бюро ВОЗ по приглашению правительства Норвегии. В третьей сессии Совещания Сторон приняли участие около 150 делегатов, представлявших как Стороны Протокола, так и страны, не являющиеся Сторонами, из региона ЕЭК ООН, а также межправительственные и неправительственные организации. Совещание открыла специальная сессия по равному доступу к воде и санитарии.


Main decisions

The Meeting of the Parties adopted several decisions and a new programme of work.

A new programme of work to further strengthen the promotion of human health and well-being and the reduction of water related diseases

Parties adopted the new programme of work for 2014-2016. Work on improving governance for water and health by supporting the setting of targets and implementing measures, as well as work on the prevention and reduction of water related diseases, will remain the cornerstones of the work under the Protocol. Further work on small-scale water supply and sanitation and equitable access to water and sanitation to translate the human right to water and sanitation into practice will be carried out.
Assistance to countries to support implementation at the national level and the work of the Compliance Committee will also contribute to facilitate implementation of the Protocol.
In addition, in order to answer to today’s challenges, a new area of work was included on safe and efficient management of water supply and sanitation systems.

Three new publications to support the implementation of the Protocol

Three new publications were adopted:
-    No one left behind: Good practices to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation in the pan-European region,
-    The Equitable access score-card: Supporting policy processes to achieve the human right to water and sanitation,
-    The Guide to Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health.

Главные решения

Главные решения

Совещание Сторон приняло несколько решений и новую программу работы.

Новая программа работы по дальнейшему усилению пропаганды здоровья и благополучия населения, а также по сокращению заболеваний, связанных с водой

Стороны приняли новую программу работы на 2014-2016 годы. Работа по повышению эффективности управления в секторе воды и здравоохранения посредством поддержки процесса установления целевых показателей и реализации мер, а также деятельность по предотвращению и сокращению заболеваний, связанных с водой, останутся главными составляющими работы в рамках Протокола. Будет продолжена работа по маломасштабным системам водоснабжения и санитарии и обеспечению равного доступа к воде и санитарии, направленная на реализацию на практике права человека на воду и санитарию.

Помощь странам в поддержке осуществления на национальном уровне и работа Комитета по вопросам соблюдения также будут способствовать реализации Протокола.

Кроме того, для решения актуальных проблем была добавлена новая область деятельности по безопасному и эффективному управлению системами водоснабжения и санитарии.

Три новые публикации для поддержки реализации Протокола

Были утверждены три новые публикации:

-    Никто не обойден вниманием: Передовые практики обеспечения равного доступа к воде и санитарии в панъевропейском регионе,

-     Инструмент для оценки равного доступа: В поддержку процесса разработки политики обеспечения  права человека на воду и санитарию,

-    Руководство по участию общественности в рамках Протокола по проблемам воды и здоровья.

Compliance Committee

The following members were elected to serve in the Compliance Committee of the Protocol on Water and Health:

Mr. Pierre Chantrel

Mr. Oddvar Lindholm

Mr. Vadam Ni

Mr. Ilya Trombitsky

Mr. Serhiy Vykhryst

Bureau

The Meeting of the Parties elected its Bureau as follows:

NameTitle
Pierre Studer (Switzerland)Chair
Marta Vargha (Hungary)Vice-Chair
Kjetil Tveitan (Norway)Vice-Chair
Alena Drazdova (Belarus)Member of the Bureau
Jarkko Rapala (Finland)Member of the Bureau
Yannick Pavageau (France)Member of the Bureau
Bettina Rickert (Germany)Member of the Bureau
Luis Simas (Portugal)Member of the Bureau
Ana Drapa (Romania)Member of the Bureau

High Level Segment

The high-level segment was held on 25 November 2013. It was divided in two parts:
-    the opening session;
-    the special session on equitable access to water and sanitation “Fair and smart ways to reach universal access”, which addressed advances in equitable access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in the pan-European region, remaining challenges for the work under the Protocol and views on and expectations for future actions to be taken to eliminate disparities.
For more information, see the Concept note and Programme of the special session on equitable access to drinking water and sanitation, as well as the statements of the opening session, statements by panellists and interventions from the floor (in the table below).

The video recording of the session is available on UTube.

Please also consult the IISD briefing note on the special session on equiatble access to water and sanitation.

Opening sessionENG
Mr. Bent Høye, Norwegian Minister of Health and Care ServicesPDF
Mr. Lars Andreas Lunde, State secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of EnvironmentPDF
Mr. Marco Keiner, Director of the Environment Division, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for EuropePDF
Mr. Guénaël Rodier, Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization Regional Office for EuropePDF
Mr. Pierre Studer, Switzerland, Newly elected chair of the Bureau of the Protocol on Water and HealthPDF
Special session on equitable access to water and sanitation
Key note speeches: challenges and way forward
Mr. Graham Alabaster, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HabitatPDF
Mr. Manuel Thurnhofer, Swiss Agency for Development and CooperationPDF
High level statements by countries
1. Importance of international cooperation to secure equitable access to water globally
Ms. Carola Bjorklund, Ambassador to the Council of Europe Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NorwayPDF
Mr. Chyngysbek Uzakbaev, Minister of Agriculture and Melioration, KyrgyzstanPDF
Ms. Ermina Salkicevic-Dizdarevic, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relation, Bosnia and HerzegovinaPDF
2. Challenges and success stories as a way forward
Ms. Svetlana Cotelea, Deputy Minister of Health, Republic of Moldova PDF
Mr. Milan Simurdic, Ambassador, Embassy of Serbia in NorwayPDF
3. Successful participatory approaches for sustainability and relevance
Mr. Ionut-Ciprian Iuga, State Secretary, Department for Waters, Forests and Fisheries, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, RomaniaPDF
Panel discussion
Mr. Paulo Lemos, Secretary of State for Environment, Portugal
Ms. Zsuzsanna Steindl-Kerekes, Ministry of Rural Development, HungaryPDF
Ms. Anna Tsvietkova, NGO EcoForum and MAMA-86PDF
Mr. Tom Williams, International Water Association (IWA)

Side events

Side eventRoomENGRUSPresentation
Tuesday, 26 November, 1:30-2:30pm
Policy and practice for safe drinking water
Organizer: The International Water Association (IWA)
Store salPDFPDFPDF
Sharing experiences towards improving small-scale water supply systems
Co-organizers: WHO/Europe, UBA, Ministry of Health of Tajikistan, NCDC, WECF, Earth Forever
Lille salPDFPDF
Youth and the Protocol on Water and Health: True partnership for mutual benefit
Organizer: European Environment and Health Youth Coalition (EEHYC)
HjørneværelsetPDF
Wednesday, 27 November, 1:00-2:00pm
The water projects of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Implementing projects under the extreme affordability constraints:
experience and lessons learned
Organizer: the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Store salPDFPDFPDF
Relevance and impact of the informal procedure of the Compliance Committee
Organizer: Earthjustice
Lille salPDF
Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of MoldovaHjørneværelsetPDFPDF

Documents

Document titleENGFRE RUS
Post-session documentation
Report of the Meeting of the Parties
ECE/MP.WH/11−EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/06
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Programme of work for 2014-2016
ECE/MP.WH/11/Add.1-EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/06/Add.1
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Decision III/1 on general issues of compliance
ECE/MP.WH/11/Add.2−EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/06/Add.2
PDFPDFPDF
List of participantsPDF
Documents for all agenda items
Annotated provisional agenda
ECE/MP.WH/10-EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/03
PDFPDFPDF

Information document
Provisional organization of work for the third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health
MOP-3/WH/2013/INF.1

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Item 2. Constitution of the third session of Meeting of the Parties
Information document
Status of ratification of the Protocol on Water and Health
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.2
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Item 3. Elections of the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the third session of the Meeting of the Parties
Rules of procedure for the meetings of the Parties to the Protocol
ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.1–EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.1
PDFPDFPDF
Item 4. Special session on equitable access to drinking water and sanitation
Information documents
Concept note of the special session on equitable access to drinking water and sanitation
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.3
PDFPDF
Programme of the special session on equitable access to drinking water and sanitation
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.4
PDFPDF
Item 5. Elections of other members of the bureau
Rules of procedure for the meetings of the Parties to the Protocol
ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.1–EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.1
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Item 6. Status of implementation of the Protocol on Water and Healh
(b) Report on activities of relevance under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Report on implementation of the European Union Water Initiative National Policy Dialogues on Integrated Water Resources Management and on Water Supply and Sanitation
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.10
PDFPDF
(c) Report on activities of relevance under the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
Decision I/1 on mainstreaming activities and priorities of work under the Protocol into the policymaking of the World Health Organization
ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.2–EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.2
PDFPDFPDF
Item 7. Review of past activities and discussion of future activities in the different areas of work
Documents for action
Report on the implementation of the programme of work for 2011– 2013,
including an overview of contributions and expenditures
ECE/MP.WH/2013/1−EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/07
PDFPDFPDF
Draft programme of work for 2014-2016
ECE/MP.WH/2013/L.1-EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/08
PDFPDFPDF
Background documents
Programme of work for 2011–2013
ECE/MP.WH/4/Add.1− EURHP1003944/4.2/1/06/Add.1
PDFPDFPDF
Report of the Working Group on Water and Health on its fourth meeting
ECE/MP.WH/WG.1/2011/2–EUR/DHP1003944/4.2/2011/6
PDFPDFPDF
Report of the Working Group on Water and Health on its fifth meeting
ECE/MP.WH/WG.1/2012/2−EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2012/2
PDFPDFPDF
Report of the Working Group on Water and Health on its sixth meeting
ECE/MP.WH/WG.1/2013/2−EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/WGWH/06
PDF
(a) Target setting and reporting
Document for action
Regional report on the status of implementation of the Protocol
ECE/MP.WH/2013/3−EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/10
PDFPDFPDF
Background documents
Lessons learned and future work on target setting and reporting
ECE/MP.WH/2013/2-EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/09
PDFPDFPDF
Guidelines on the Setting of Targets, Evaluation of Progress and ReportingPDFPDFPDF
Guidelines and template for summary reports in accordance with article 7 of the Protocol on Water and Health (ECE/MP.WH/2010/L.5–EUDHP1003944/4.2/1/7, as adopted by the Meeting of the Parties at its second session (see ECE/MP.WH/4–EUDHP1003944/4.2/1/06)PDFPDFPDF
Template for summary reports in accordance with article 7 of the Protocol on Water and HealthDOCDOCDOC
Information documents
National summary reports submitted by Parties and other States (click here)
(b) Surveillance and early warning systems, contingency plans and response capacities
Background document
Policy guidance on water-related disease surveillancePDFPDF
Technical guidance on water-related disease surveillancePDFPDF
Information document
Flyer - Atlas on Water and HealthPDFPDF
(c) Cross-cutting issues: small-scale water supplies and sanitation and water supply and sanitation under extreme weather events and the impact of climate change
Background documents
Small-scale water supplies in the pan-European region: Background. Challenges. ImprovementsPDFPDF
Guidance on water supply and sanitation in extreme weather eventsPDFPDF
Information document
Outline of the policy guidance document "Small-scale water supplies and sanitation in the pan-European region: Policy instruments and programmes towards improvement"
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.5
PDFPDF
(e) Compliance procedure
Document for action
Report of the Compliance Committee to the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol
on Water and Health
ECE/MP.WH/2013/4-EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/11
PDFPDFPDF
Background document
Decision I/2 on review of compliance
ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.3–EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.3
PDFPDFPDF
Decision II/1 on general issues of compliance
ECE/MP.WH/4/Add.2− EUDHP1003944/4.2/1/06/Add.2
PDFPDFPDF
Information documents
List of provisionally nominated candidates for the Compliance Committee
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.6
PDF
Mr. Pierre Chantrel, FrancePDF
Mr. Oddvar Lindholm, NorwayPDF
Mr. Vadim Ni, KazakhstanPDF
Mr. Ilya Trombitsky, Republic of MoldovaPDF
Mr. Serhiy Vykhryst, UkrainePDF
Terms of reference of the Consultation Process under the Compliance Committee PDFPDFPDF
(f) Promotion of the Protocol and advocacy
Background document
How to better promote the Convention and its Protocol on Water and Health: a guide for focal points
ECE/MP.WAT/2009/13
PDFPDFPDF
(g) Public awareness, access to information and public participation
Publication
Guide to public participation under the Protocol on Water and HealthPDF
(h) Equitable access
No one left behind: Good practices to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation in the pan-European regionPDFPDFPDF
Information paper
Summary of the finding of the quintile analysis in access to drinking-water and sanitation for three countries in the European region
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.7
PDFPDF
The equitable access score card: Supporting policy processes to achieve the human right to water and sanitation
ECE/MP.WH/8
PDF
Item 9. Programme of work for 2014–2016, terms of reference of bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation
Documents for action
Report on the implementation of the programme of work for 2011– 2013,
including an overview of contributions and expenditures
ECE/MP.WH/2013/1−EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/07
PDFPDFPDF
Draft programme of work for 2014-2016
ECE/MP.WH/2013/L.1-EUDCE/1206123/3.1/2013/MOP-3/08
PDFPDFPDF
Information document
Provisional calendar of meetings under the Water Convention and the Protocol on Water and Health for 2014
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.8
PDF
Proposal for a PPPs International Specialist Centre on Water
MOP3/WH/2013/INF.11
PDF
Background document
Decision I/5 on financial arrangements to support the implementation of the Protocol
ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.2–EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.2
PDFPDFPDF

Presentations

Presentation titleENG
Item 6. Status of implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health
(b) Report on activities of relevance under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Water Convention activities and areas for cooperation
Mr. Massimo Cozzone, Chair of the Bureau of the Water Convention
PDF
Activities in support of the Protocol: EU Water Initiative (EUWI) National Policy Dialogues in countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia
Ms. Ana Drapa, Romania
PDF
(c) Report on activities of relevance under the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
Activities of relevance under the WHO Regional Office for Europe
Mr. Srdan Matic, WHO/Europe
PDF
Item 7. Review of past activities and discussion of future activities in the different areas of work
(a) Target setting and reporting
Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting: Achievements – 2011-2013
Mr. Pierre Studer, Switzerland
PDF
Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting: Programme of work 2014-2016
Mr. Pierre Studer, Switzerland
PDF
Target setting and reporting: Results of the second reporting exercise
Mr. Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECE
PDF
(b) Surveillance and early warning systems, contingency plans and response capacities
Surveillance and early warning systems, contingency plans and response capacities:
-    Achievements and challenges 2011-2013 M
-    Mainstreamed WHO activities (Soil-transmitted helminths and the Atlas on Water and Health)
-    Proposed activities for 2014-2016
Mr. Enzo Funari, Italy; Mr. Oliver Schmoll, WHO/Europe; Ms. Enkhtsetseg Shinee, WHO/Europe; Mr. Thomas Kistemann, Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, University Bonn, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health
PDF
(c) Cross-cutting issues: small-scale water supplies and sanitation and water supply and sanitation under extreme weather events and the impact of climate change
Small-scale water supplies and sanitation
Ms. Bettina Rickert, Germany
PDF
(g) Public awareness, access to information and public participation
Public awareness, access to information and public participation
Ms. Ana Drapa, Romania
PDF
Guide to Public Participation
Ms. Anke Stock, WECF
PDF
(h) Equitable access
Equitable access to water and sanitation
Mr. Yannick Pavageau, France
PDF
Assessing progress in achieving equitable access to water and sanitation – pilot project in Portugal
Mr. Luis Simas, ERSAR, Portugal
PDF
Wealth quintile analysis
Ms. Enkhtsetseg Shinee, WHO/Europe
PDF
Item 8. The Protocol on Water and Health and relevant global processes and initiatives
Global processes and initiatives: Regional highlights from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP)
Mr. Oliver Schmoll, WHO/Europe
PDF
Post-2015 development agenda sustainable development goals and water
Mr. Nicholas Bonvoisin, UNECE
PDF
Item 9. Programme of work for 2014–2016, terms of reference of bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation
Overview of financial resources 2011-2013
Mr. Nicholas Bonvoisin, UNECE & Mr. Oliver Schmoll, WHO/Europe
PDF
Programme of work 2014-2016PDF
Item 13. Presentation of the main decisions
Informal summary of the decisions takenPDF

Pictures

Photos: Kjetil Lier Svendsen/DSS

Mr. Bent Hoie, Minister of Health and Care Services of Norway and Mr. Marco Keiner, Director of the Environment Division, UNECE
Mr. Kjetil Tveitan, Norway, Chair of the Bureau of the Protocol on Water and Health (2011-2013)
Mr. Bent Hoie, Minister of Health and Care Services of Norway
Mr. Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment of Norway
Mr. Marco Keiner, Director of the Environment Division, UNECE
Mr. Guénaël Rodier, Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment, WHO/Europe (on the right)
Mr. Pierre Studer, Switzerland, new Chair of the Bureau of the Protocol on Water and Health (2014-2016)
Mr. Oliver Schmoll, Co-Secretary to the Protocol on Water and Health, WHO/Europe (on the left) and Mr. Nicholas Bonvoisin, Co-Secretary to the Protocol on Water and Health, UNECE
Mr. Harsha Ratnaweera, Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Mr. Benoit Vallet, General Director of Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France
Mr. Manuel Thurshofer, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (on the left)
Mr. Graham Alabaster, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat
Ms. Carola Bjorklund, Ambassador to the Council of Europe Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Mr. Chyngysbek Uzakbaev, Minister of Agriculture and Melioration, Kyrgyzstan
Ms. Ermina Salkicevic-Dizdarevic, Deputy Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relation, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ms. Svetlana Cotelea, Deputy Minister of Health, Republic of Moldova
Mr. Milan Simurdic, Ambassador, Embassy of Serbia in Norway
Mr. Ionut-Ciprian Iuga, State Secretary, Department of Waters, Forests and Fisheries, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Romania
Panel discussion on equitable access to water and sanitation
Mr. Paulo Lemos, Secretary of State for Environment, Portugal
Ms. Zsuzsanna Steindl-Kerekes, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary
Ms. Anna Tsvietkova, NGO EcoForum and MAMA-86
Mr. Tom Williams, International Water Association (IWA)