Governance

WHO

At the 2017 Ostrava Conference, governments agreed on the future of the European environment and health process (EHP). It is continued through new arrangements and steered by ministers through the governing bodies of WHO and periodical ministerial conferences, to ensure the highest political profile.

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

  • Effective national mechanisms and structures for the governance of environment and health issues are to be set up or strengthened in countries, to ensure implementation of the Ostrava Conference commitments.
  • The European Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF) will be the leading international body for implementation and monitoring of the EHP, meeting annually
  • Secretariat: the whole institutional framework is serviced by WHO/Europe, which will cooperate closely with UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Between 2010 and 2017, the European Environment and Health Process had been governed through a different mechanism, including a Ministerial Board as the political face of the process.

Up to 2010, the European Environment and Health Committee (EEHC), - 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.

Reference documents