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Strategic workshop on future priorities under the Protocol on Water and Health

7 - 8 March 2016

Salle V, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The Strategic workshop on future priorities under the Protocol on Water and Health was held on 7-8 March 2016. It was organized back-to-back with the Workhshop on collecting good practices on target setting and reporting (8 March (afternoon) – 9 March 2016).

The objective of the workshop was to identify priorities and inform future work under the Protocol, and specifically to:

  • Discuss and confirm the rationale for and relevance of the  aforementioned thematic areas and other possible areas of work for the pan-European Region, including interlinkages and synergies with relevant regional and global policy frameworks;
  • Discuss and identify the scope of priority activities to be included in the programme of work for 2017–2019 that would add value to the regional agenda;
  • Identify possible partnerships for the implementation of the programme of work for 2017–2019.

The expected outcome of the workshop of having clear recommendations on the strategic objectives and priorities in the water, sanitation and health domain in the pan-European Region that would inform and substantiate the development of the programme of work for 2017–2019 was successfully achieved.

Information noticePDFPDF
Provisional agendaPDFPDF
Summary of strategic discussions at the 8th Working Group on Water and HealthPDFPDF
List of participantsPDF

Setting the scene: introduction to the objectives of the workshop

Oliver Schmoll, WHO/Europe secretariat


Safe and efficient management of water supply and sanitation systems

Oliver Schmoll, WHO/Europe


Small-scale water supplies and sanitation

Bettina Rickert, Federal Environment Agency, Germany, Dragana Jovanovic, Institute of Public Health, Serbia, and Sascha  Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future


Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools

Marta Vargha, National Public Health Center, Hungary, and
Nana Gabriadze, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia


Water-related disease and water quality surveillance

Alena Drazdova, Republican Scientific-Practical Centre of Hygiene, Belarus, and Kjetil Tveitan, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Norway


Equitable access to water and sanitation: translating the human right to water and sanitation into practice

Marta Vargha, National Public Health Center, Hungary, and Yannick Pavageau, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France


Improving governance for water and health: support for setting targets and implementing measures

Pierre Studer, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, Switzerland, and Ana Drapa, "Romanian Waters", Romania


The future: linking the Protocol implementation to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
Francesca Bernardini, UNECE secretariat



Kate Medlicott, World Health Organization


Healthcare facilities

Margaret Montgomery, World Health Organization


Freshwater quality

Peter Kovacs, Ministry of Interior, Hungary


Increasing resilience to climate change, in particular in urban areas
Fernando Nardi, University for foreigners of Perugia, Italy


Conclusions of the workshop

Pierre Studer, Chair of the Bureau of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health