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

19 - 21 November 2019

Belgrade, Serbia

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health is organized by the Government of Serbia, with support of the UNECE and WHO Regional Office for Europe joint secretariat.

This high-level meeting will be an important milestone in advancing the water, sanitation and health agenda in the pan-European region. It will highlight achievements but also reflect on challenges and identify areas for action by reviewing the progress achieved in the Protocol’s implementation and by discussing how the Protocol can best support pan-European countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation and achieve water and health related Sustainable Development Goals.

The high-level session on 19 November will provide an opportunity to appraise progress and take stock of concrete results in attaining the SDGs related to water, sanitation, hygiene and health, to have an open dialogue on how to tackle the persisting gaps in the region and on how to respond to the big picture challenges caused by environmental, social and economic changes.

At this session, the Meeting of the Parties is also expected to review past activities and discuss the future programme of work for 2020-2022 of the Protocol. The meeting will also review situation with water and health in the pan-European region based on the 4th reporting cycle under the Protocol on Water and Health.

Delegates attending the meeting are requested to register by 25 October 2019 using the following link: https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=U3wWxx

For assistance with registration, please contact the secretariat by e-mail (cammile.marcelo@un.org)

Some funds are available to support participation of nominated representatives from countries eligible for financial support.

Requests for financial support should be submitted together with the financial support request form duly signed by the authorized high-level official and online registration to the UNECE secretariat (cammile.marcelo@un.org) as soon as possible but not later that 1 October 2019.

All official and unofficial documents for the meeting will be made available progressively on this webpage.

DocumentsENGFRERUS
Pre-session documents
Annotated provisional Agenda
(ECE/MP.WH/18-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/03)
PDFPDFPDF
Item 2High-level session: "The Protocol on Water and Health: catalysing sustainable development in the pan-European region"
Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda: A Practical Guide for Joint Implementation
(ECE/MP.WH/16)
see publication

A healthy link: The Protocol on Water and Health and the Sustainable Development Goals
(ECE/INF/NONE/2016/16)

see brochure

Programme of the high-level session: "The Protocol on Water and Health: catalysing sustainable development in the pan-European region"
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.2)
Item 3Status of ratification of the Protocol and report on credentials
Status of ratification of the Protocol on Water and Health
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.3)
PDF
Item 5Review of past activities and discussion of future activities in the different areas of work
Report on the implementation of the programme of work 2017-2019
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/1-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/07)
PDFPDFPDF
Overview of contributions and expenditures for the period of 2017-2019
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/2-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/08)
PDFPDFPDF
Draft programme of work for 2020-2022
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/3-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/09)
PDFPDFPDF
Item 5 (a)Improving governance for water and health: support for setting targets and implementing measures
Regional report on the status of implementation of the Protocol
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/4-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/10)
Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda: A Practical Guide for Joint Implementation
(ECE/MP.WH/16)

see publication

Overview of national summary reports submitted by Parties and other States
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.4)
PDF
Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities (New York, UNICEF and WHO, 2019)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.5)
Item 5 (b)Assistance to support implementation at the national level
Report on implementation of the National Policy Dialogues on Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Supply and Sanitation under the European Union Water Initiative
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.6)
Overview of activities in member States under the biennial collaborative agreements of the WHO Regional Office for Europe to support implementation of the Protocol's programme of work for 2017-2019
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.7)
Summary of the main activities and achievements under the project "Small and safe: scaling up water safety planning and effective water quality monitoring in rural Tajikistan", supported by the Programme for Finland's Water Sector Support to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.8)
Item 5 (c)Prevention and reduction of water-related diseases
Strengthening surveillance and outbreak management of water-related infectious diseases associated with water supply systems (Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2019)
Strengthening drinking-water surveillance using risk-based approaches (Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2019)
Brief summary of the national training workshop on water-related disease surveillance and outbreak response in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.9)
Item 5 (d)Institutional water, sanitation and hygiene
Surveillance of water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: A practical tool (Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2019)
Improving health and learning through better water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: An information package for school staff (Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2019)
Core questions and indicators for monitoring WASH in schools in the Sustainable Development Goals (New York, UNICEF and WHO, 2016)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.10)
Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: Global baseline report 2018 (New York, UNICEF and WHO, 2018)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.11)
Meeting report on improving water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care facilities (Bonn, Germany, 27 and 28 September 2017)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.12)
Core questions and indicators for monitoring WASH in health-care facilities in the Sustainable Development Goals (Geneva, WHO and UNICEF, 2018)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.13)
WASH in health-care facilities: Global baseline report 2019 (Geneva, WHO and UNICEF, 2019)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.14)
Water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care facilities: Practical steps to achieve universal access to quality care (Geneva, WHO and UNICEF, 2019)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.15)
Seventy-second World Health Assembly resolution on water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care facilities (WHA72.7, 28 May 2019)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.16)
Item 5 (e)Equitable access to water and sanitation: translating the human right to water and sanitation into practice
The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in Practice: Findings and lessons learned from the work on equitable access to water and sanitation under the Protocol on Water and Health in the pan-European region
(ECE/MP.WH/17, forthcoming)
Item 5 (f)Safe and efficient management of water supply and sanitation systems
Report of the workshop on sanitation in the pan-European region (Bonn, Germany, 12 and 13 February 2019)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.17)
Scoping study on sanitation in the pan-European region
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.18)
Report of the Pan-European Symposium on Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events (Bilthoven, Netherlands, 6 and 7 April 2017)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.19)
Item 5 (g)Small-scale water supplies and sanitation
Report of the subregional workshop on improving small-scale water supply and sanitation for better health (Minsk, 15–17 March 2017)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.20)
Report of the subregional workshop on improving small-scale water supply and sanitation for better health (Belgrade, 10–12 October 2017)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.21)
Report of the subregional workshop on improving small-scale water supplies for better health in European Union countries (Dessau, Germany, 18–20 June 2018)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.22)
Draft manuscript Costing and financing of small-scale water supply and sanitation (MOP5/WH/2019/INF.23)
Item 5 (i)Compliance procedure
Report of the Compliance Committee to the Meeting of the Parties
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/5-EUPCR/1611921/2.1/2019/MOP-5/11)
PDFPDFPDF
The provisions of the Protocol on Water and Health and their relationship with the European Union law governing water and health. Interpretive Note prepared within the framework of the Consultation Process with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/5/Add.1-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/11/Add.1)
PDFPDFPDF
List of provisionally nominated candidates for the Compliance Committee, together with curricula vitae and supporting documentation
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.24)
Item 6Programme of work for 2020–2022, terms of reference of bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation
Report on the implementation of the programme of work for 2017–2019
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/1-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/07)
PDFPDFPDF
Overview of contributions and expenditures for the period 2017–2019
(ECE/MP.WH/2019/2-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/08)
PDFPDFPDF
Draft programme of work for 2020–2022 (ECE/MP.WH/2019/3-EUPCR/1814149/1.2/2019/MOP-5/09)PDFPDFPDF
Provisional calendar of meetings under the Water Convention and the Protocol on Water and Health in 2020
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.25)
PDF
Item 7Partners in implementation and relevant global and regional processes and initiatives
Declaration of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2017) (MOP5/WH/2019/INF.26)
WHO global strategy on health, environment and climate change: the transformation needed to improve lives and well-being sustainably through healthy environments (WHA72(9), 28 May 2019)
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.27)
Documents  for High-Level SessionENG
Concept note of the high-level session: "The Protocol on Water and Health: catalysing sustainable development in the pan-European region"
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.2a)
PDF
Programme of the high-level session: "The Protocol on Water and Health: catalysing sustainable development in the pan-European region"
(MOP5/WH/2019/INF.2b)

 

Objective:

The high-level session will provide an opportunity to appraise progress and take stock of concrete results in attaining the SDGs related to water, sanitation, hygiene and health, to have an open dialogue on how to tackle the persisting gaps in the region and on how to respond to the big picture challenges caused by environmental, social and economic changes.

It will present concrete examples of initiatives that illustrate the role played by the Protocol on Water and Health to attain such SDGs across countries and sectors, looking at both the political and technical dimensions. The session will also reflect on the role of the Protocol in shaping the regional agenda on water, sanitation and health and thus achieving the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda and the 2017 Ostrava Declaration in the pan-European region.

Format:

High-level officials from the host country, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

A keynote presentation will set the scene by providing a landscape analysis on the water, sanitation and health situation in the pan-European region and outlining how the Protocol framework contributes to attaining the water, sanitation and health-related SDGs. It will be followed by two moderated high-level panel discussions, interacting with responding experts, and subsequently by interventions from the floor.

Topics for discussion will include:

(i) equitable access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all in all settings;

(ii) sanitation challenges and circular economy;

(iii) wastewater reuse;

(iv) antimicrobial resistance and legionella;

(v) climate change and water scarcity;

(vi) financing of water and sanitation services; and

(vii) value of international cooperation.

High-level representatives of Parties, other States, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia will be invited to participate in the discussion.

The detailed agenda of the high-level session will soon be made available on this webpage.

 

 

Practical information noteEnglishRussian

In accordance with the rules of procedures for the sessions of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, credentials of all representatives of Parties and the names of alternate representatives and advisers shall be submitted to the secretariat. To facilitate the procedure of verification of credentials, Parties to the Protocol are invited to inform the secretariat of the name(s) of their representative(s) at their earliest convenience, and to submit the credentials or copy of them to the secretariat by 1 November 2019 (protocol.water_health@un.org). Those Parties that submitted a copy of the credentials should present their originals to the secretariat at the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties upon arrival at the meeting in Belgrade.

Credentials, which are normally issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, should indicate the composition of the delegation, including the Head of delegation, and should state that the respective delegation is empowered to participate in the meeting and take decisions on behalf of the respective Government, following the applicable rules of procedure (see example of a delegation's credentials).

Non-Parties do not need to submit credentials.

Date and timeRoomSide Event CoordinatorConcept Note
1Ten years of achievements in improving governance for water and health under the European Union Water Initiative National Policy Dialogues – achievements, lessons learned and remaining challengesUNECE
2Story telling about WASH in schools and health care facilitiesSerbiaPDF
3Financing water and sanitation servicesPortugal
4The Nordic-Baltic network on water and health - Experiences from the Nordic-Baltic cooperationNorwayPDF
5Equitable access to drinking water and sanitation in the pan-European regionFrance
6Promoting risk-based approaches in drinking water and sanitation managementHungaryPDF
7Tools for safe management of small-scale water supplies in the pan-European regionGermany
8Innovation in compliance: the Consultation Process under the Protocol on Water and HealthEarthjustice
9Climate resilient water and sanitation safety planningNetherlandsPDF
10Legionnaires’ disease surveillance and prevention in the pan-European regionFrancePDF
Nominating
Party
CandidateCurriculum VitaeLetter of nomination
UkraineMs. Anna TSVIETKOVAPDFPDF
SwitzerlandMr. Vadim NIPDFPDF
PortugalMs. Catarina DE ALBUQUERQUEPDFPDF
GermanyMr. Sergei VINOGRADOVPDFPDF