The workshop to share experience on the implementation of the UNECE/WHO-EURO Protocol on Water and Health between countries in Eastern Europe was held on 5-6 April 2011 in Minsk, Belarus. It was the first of a series of sub-regional workshops to be organized under the framework of the Protocol. The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, in cooperation with the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization. The UNDP Office in Belarus provided assistance with the practical arrangements.
The overall goal of the workshop was to :
- Facilitate exchange of countries’ experiences on the regulatory, institutional and technical aspects connected with the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health, in particular in relation to the cooperation of the water, health and environment sectors;
- Share information on the process of development and adoption of targets under the Protocol, as well as on the implementation of measures to achieve such targets;
- Present, discuss and identify solutions for the main challenges in the process of setting targets and other issues related to the Protocol’s implementation.
The workshop allowed decision makers and experts representing the environment, water management and health sectors of Belarus, Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine to exchange experience and discuss challenges related to the Protocol’s implementation. It focused, in particular, on the process of setting targets in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol on Water and Health, requiring Parties to establish national and/or local targets and target dates in different areas in order to achieve or maintain a high level for the protection of human health and well-being and for the sustainable management of water resources.
The workshop was attended by over 50 participants, responsible for, or involved in the implementation of the Protocol, and in particular in the process of target setting and reporting: governmental representatives, water and health managers, local authorities, national water/sanitation agencies/associations, representatives of academia, research institutes and non-governmental organizations.
Guidelines on setting targets, evaluation of progress and reporting
Policy Guidance on water-related disease surveillance
Technical Guidance for setting-up, implementing and assessing surveillance systems of water-related disease
|Introduction to the Protocol on Water and Health and to its main obligations, as well as to the background and objectives of the workshop, Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECE|
Guidelines on setting targets, evaluation of progress and reporting: Mr. Pierre Studer, Chairperson of the Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting; Swiss Federal Office for Health
|Technical and policy guidance for setting up, implementing and assessing surveillance systems of water-related disease, Mr. Enzo Funari, Chairperson of the Task Force on Surveillance of Water Related Diseases, Italian Health Institute|
|Implementation of the Protocol and target setting in the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Ion Salaru, First Deputy Director, National Center for Public Health, the Republic of Moldova|| |
|Implementation of the Protocol and target setting in Ukraine, Mr. Viktor Liashko, Senior Specialist, Department of organisation of sanitary and epidemiological surveillance, Ministry of Health of Ukraine|| |
|Implementation of the Protocol and target setting in BelaPPT, Ms. Irina Zastenskaya, Deputy Director, Republican Scientific-Practical Centre of Hygiene, Ministry of Health of the Republic of BelaPPT|| |
|Implementation of the Protocol and target setting in the PPTsian Federation, Ms. Natalia Kostenko, Deputy Director, Department of Health Protection and Sanitary-Epidemiological Human Welfare, Ministry of Health and Social Development of the PPTsian Federation|| |
|Implementation of the Protocol and target setting in the Czech Republic, Mr. Frantisek Kozisek, National Institute of Public health, Czech Republic|
|Obligations under the Protocol related to surveillance of water-related disease, |
Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, WHO-Europe
|Public participation in the implementation of the Protocol and in setting targets in the Republic of Moldova and lessons learned from the process, Ms. Tatiana Siniaeva, Projects Coordinator, NGO Eco-TIRAS|| |
|Public participation in the implementation of the Protocol and in setting targets in Ukraine and lessons learned from the process, Ms. Anna Tsvietkova, NGO MAMA-86|| |
|How could the public contribute to the implementation of the Protocol and in setting targets in the Republic of BelaPPT, Ms. Irina Lastovka, specialist on environmental projects, International Public Organization "Ecoproject Partnership"|| |
|How could the public contribute to the implementation of the Protocol and in setting targets in the PPTsian Federation, Ms. Elena Kolpakova, Director of the Coordination Center “Let’s Help the Rivers”|| |
|Small scale water supplies and sanitation: issues in the region and activities in the programme of work under the Protocol |
Mr. Frantisek Kozisek, National Institute of Public health, Czech Republic