Renewed impetus for the European Environment and Health Process in Central Asia

28–29 March 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan

The meeting, to be organized and hosted by the Regional Environment Center for Central Asia (CAREC), in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, will be attended by representatives from the five Central Asian countries, including focal points from environment, health and foreign affairs ministries; national scientific institutions; international partners, including WHO, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); and other interested stakeholders.

Main objective

The purpose of this information meeting is twofold:

  • to brief the five Central Asian countries and their relevant ministries and agencies about the preparations for the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health to be held in Ostrava, Czech Republic on 13–15 June 2017;
  • to create dialogue and renewed impetus for the European Environment and Health Process in Central Asia.

Background

WHO Member States in Central Asia have a long history of engagement in the European Environment and Health Process and working with WHO, UNECE and UNEP to improve the environment and health conditions for their people. Continuous active involvement of the Central Asian countries in the Process is vital to improving the environment and health indicators of the WHO European Region.

The Ostrava Conference will be a major milestone of the European Environment and Health Process, which started in Frankfurt in 1989. WHO Member States participating in the Conference will be called on to adopt and sign a focused and target-based political declaration, which has been negotiated through a broad consultative process steered by the European Environment and Health Task Force. The political declaration is expected to include an action plan for its implementation and an agreement on the revised institutional arrangements for the European Environment and Health Process after 2017.