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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.