At the 2010 Parma Conference, governments decided about the future of the European environment and health process (EEHP). This will be revitalized through new arrangements and steered directly by ministers through regular ministerial conferences, to ensure the highest political profile.

An institutional framework ensures appropriate coordination between national implementation and international policies, the proper level of monitoring and implementation, and the political drive.

  • National mechanisms and structures are to be set up or strengthened in countries, to ensure implementation of the Parma Conference commitments.
  • The European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) will be the political face and driving force of international policies in environment and health for implementation of the commitments made within the EEHP.
  • The European Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF) will be the leading international body for implementation and monitoring of the EEHP, meeting annually in the period leading up to the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in 2016, including a high-level mid-term review.
  • Secretariat: the whole institutional framework will be serviced by WHO/Europe, which will cooperate closely with UNECE and UNEP Regional Office for Europe.

Previously, the EEHC - a committee bringing together representatives from health ministries, environment ministries, intergovernmental and civil-society organizations - monitored and reported on countries' work to implement their commitments. Its second key role was promotion and advocacy, by sharing experience and best practice and building partnerships with a range of stakeholders.

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