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First meeting of the WHO Europe Environment and Health Ministerial Board

The 4th-5th May saw the first meeting of the new high-level E&H Ministerial Board (EHMB) in Paris, hosted by the French ministry of health.

The board forms part of the WHO European Environment and Health process and the push to reduce the adverse health impact of environmental threats in Europe to give the process higher political profile.

During the 2010 Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health representatives of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region pledged to reduce environmental threats to health. To keep the process on track and ensure that pledges are met, the EHMB was established, and a work plan and working methods were discussed. Details of this information are not yet public.

The new board consists of:
• 4 Health ministers: France, Malta, Serbia, Slovenia
• 4 Environment ministers: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Romania, Turkey
• WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab
• Executive Secretary of UNECE
• Director UNEP Regional Office for Europe
• Representative from the EU Commission.

There is also a new European Environment and Health Task Force EHTF, of which HEAL, EcoForum and others are members. The EHTF will be the leading body for implementation and monitoring of the European environment and health process. The first meeting will be held in September, and we’ll keep you updated when we have more news.



Written on 1 June 2011.

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