Youth participation in the European environment and health process

WHO/Steve Turner

Youth from the environment and health network discuss their contribution to the process

Making the voices of young people heard in the process of environment and health policymaking and on official committees

The youth environment and health network participated in the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Parma, Italy, 10-12 March 2010). One of the aims for Parma was to extend the youth network to all 53 countries in the European Region and  have a representative in each country delegation.

Milestones
  • Budapest, 2004: Gathering of Youth Parliament and 30 official youth representatives from Member States at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.
    A Youth Declaration was presented to the ministers, calling for youth representation on the EEHC and on the Task Force for the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE).
  • Vienna, 2007: Youth Conference held in parallel to the midterm review of progress made since the Budapest Conference. 
    Six delegates elected for youth representation, presentation of youth views and a youth-friendly version of the CEHAPE during the review meeting. The Conference gathered 51 young people from 28 countries.
  • Parma, 2010: A Youth Declaration was presented to the ministers, underlining the measure of youth concern about the effects of the environment on health, and inviting countries to include the issues in the Youth Declaration in the national and international agendas.