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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

High–level session “The Protocol on Water and Health: catalysing sustainable development in the pan-European region” - 19 November 2019

The high-level session provided an opportunity to appraise progress and take stock of concrete results in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals 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 presented 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 policy and technical dimensions. It particularly discussed a range of priority issues relevant to the water, sanitation, hygiene and health agenda in the pan-European region, including equitable access to safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene for all in all settings; sanitation challenges and wastewater reuse; climate change and water scarcity; antimicrobial resistance and legionella; financing of water and sanitation services; and the value of international cooperation.

The session also reflected 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.

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Programme of the high-level segment, including the concept notePDFPDFPDF
Statements
Opening of the session
Welcome address by Ms. Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia
View message of Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-Generallink

Speech by Ms. Olga Algayarova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for EuropePDF--
Speech by Ms. Piroska Östlin, Regional Director a.i. of the World Health Organization Regional Office for EuropePDF--
Address by Ms. Regina De Dominicis, United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. for Serbia
High-level session: "The Protocol on Water and Health: catalysing sustainable development in the pan-European region"
High-level panel discussion 1: Responding to global changes and threats
Belarus: Ms. Natalya Zhukova, Deputy Minister of Health, Chief State Sanitarian
Montenegro: Mr. Kenan Hrapovic, Minister of HealthPDF--
Romania: Mr. Laszlo Borbely, State Councillor of the Prime Minister on the topic of Sustainable DevelopmentPDF--
Serbia: Mr. Zlatibor Lončar, Minister of Health
Switzerland: Mr. Thomas Jemmi, Ambassador, Deputy-Director General, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office
Responding expert: Ms. Nathalie Dörfliger, National Research Alliance for the Environment of France -PDF-
High-level panel discussion 2: Cooperating to ensure safe, sustainable and equitable water and sanitation services
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mr. Hamdo Tinjak, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic RelationsPDF--
Finland: Ms. Päivi Sillanaukee, Director General, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, WHO Executive Board member (2018-2021)PDF--
Hungary: Ms. Ildiko Horvath, Minister of State for Health, Ministry of Human CapacitiesPDF--
Netherlands: Mr. Jan Busstra, Director of the International Water and Marine Division, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water ManagementPDF--
Serbia: Mr. Goran Trivan, Minister of Environmental ProtectionPDF--
Tajikistan: Mr. Kamolzoda Mirhamuddin, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of the Population --PDF
Responding expert: Mr. Oliver Loebel, Secretary General, European Federation of National Associations of Water Services (EurEau)PDF--
Intervention from the floor (compilation)
Statements by Lithuania, Norway, Croatia, European Union Delegation in Serbia and PortugalPDF--
Conclusions
Conclusions by Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and Ms. Piroska Östlin, Regional Director a.i. of the WHO Regional Office for EuropePDF--