Sixth meeting of the European Environment and Health Task Force

29–30 November 2016, Vienna, Austria

Members of the European Environment and Health Task Force will convene for its sixth meeting, hosted by the Government of Austria, to begin and advance the preparation of the political outcome documents for the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.

Main objectives

  • Provide information about the main preparatory events for the Ministerial Conference, as well as the main outcomes of  the discussions at previous events.
  • Review and negotiate the draft outcome documents for the  Conference – the Ministerial Declaration and its two annexes, –  present the implementation plan for the commitments to be made at the conference and the proposed new institutional arrangements for the European Environment and Health Process beyond 2017.
  • Develop initial conference documents, including the draft programme, the communication strategy for the event and the list of preparatory meetings and consultations for the run-up to the conference.

Background

The European Environment and Health Proces (EHP) takes place in the context of system-wide strategic planning, implementation and reporting of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to ensure coherent and integrated support for implementation across countries, sectors and United Nations forums. The platform focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 3, target 3.9 and on the other 16 Sustainable Development Goals that have the greatest potential to protect and improve health and well-being under pressure from global environmental change, including climate change, demographic changes such as longevity, migration and urbanization and emerging global economic and technological developments.

The European Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF) is the leading international body for implementation and monitoring of the European Environment and Health Process, meeting annually in the period leading up to the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health. It is comprized of senior government officials from all Member States in the Region, nominated at national level as focal points for the process, representatives of WHO/Europe, and partner intergovernmental (IGOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).