12. How does WHO/Europe facilitate work across sectors?

The interconnected and cross-cutting nature of the SDGs is designed to overcome silos through intersectoral action and collaboration with partners.

WHO/Europe is well-placed to bring a wide range of actors together in pursuit of the SDGs. The long-standing collaboration between health and environment sectors has produced outstanding results. The European Environment and Health process has put in practice a multisectoral approach to address the environmental determinants of health, accounting for up to 20 percent of preventable disease burden in the Region. The Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) is another example of excellent intersectoral collaboration, undertaken in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The Regional Office supports its Member States in their intersectoral work on health and health equity through documenting, understanding and drawing lessons from new and old practices and initiatives. A mapping exercise of intersectoral action in the Region is currently ongoing to produce an analytical framework to facilitate this work.