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First Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

17 - 19 January 2007
Geneva Switzerland

Highlights

The first Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health was held in Geneva from 17 to 19 January 2007. More than 140 participants from the pan-European region and from some African countries gathered for the event, including representatives of Parties, Signatories, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

Parties reaffirmed their commitment to increase intersectoral partnership and coordination between environment and health policies and recognized that this will bring many benefits: increased life expectancy at birth, enhanced well-being and environmental protection, reduced poverty and increased economic development, progress in research and understanding, improved education, enhanced international cooperation and greater involvement by civil society in environment and health matters.

Parties and Signatories reaffirmed their commitment to the Protocol’s goal of providing access to safe water and adequate sanitation to everybody. For this reason the Protocol is at the forefront in the implementation of the human right to water as discussed during the Roundtable on the human right to water and the Protocol on Water and Health: making access to water a reality, which took place on the second day of the Meeting.

The Parties defined the architecture of the Protocol by adopting their rules of procedure as well as a number of other decisions (e.g. on financial arrangements, focal points, mainstreaming the work of the Protocol in the decision-making of WHO, terms of reference of bodies established under the Meeting of the Parties).

Most notably they adopted a compliance procedure, open to communications from the public and elected the Compliance committee, composed of nine independent experts with legal, health and water management background.

Moreover the Parties established a mechanism for international support for national action under article 14 of the Protocol which will promote the coordination of international aid in the field of the Protocol. At the same time, it will enhance the capacity of recipient countries to access sources of finance by helping them to formulate projects.

Parties exchanged information on their progress in setting targets and target dates according to the Protocol and agreed on a programme of work to establish harmonized targets and to review progress towards their achievement. A Task force on indicators and reporting (renamed Task force on target setting and reporting after the Second session of the Meeting of the Parties in 2010) was established to assist Parties to meet the challenges of the Protocol’s obligations in this area, in particular the publication of targets by 2007 for the first 15 countries that ratified the Protocol and the reporting of progress achieved to the second meeting of the Parties.

Task force on surveillance will develop guidelines to put in place surveillance, early warning and response systems to outbreaks of water-related diseases. The task force will implement country assistance programmes to train country officials and test the effectiveness of the guidelines.

Other activities in the adopted programme of work for 2007-2009 include activities related to equitable access to water and solidarity measures, water supply and sanitation and adaptation to climate change, integrated management of small water supply and sanitation systems, as well as capacity building and awareness raising activities.

Speeches

UNECE
WHO EURO
Chairman of the Working Group on Water and Health under the Water Convention
Armenia (Russian)
Azerbaijan (Russian)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Moldova, Norway, Slovakia and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
European Community
Germany
Hungary on the implementation of the Protocol
Israel
Lithuania
Montenegro
Romania
Serbia
Switzerland (French)
Turkey
Ukraine (Russian)
UNDP
ECO-FORUM
ECO-TIRAS
WECF
Chairperson of the first MoP

 

List of Participants

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Pictures

Pictures of the fourth Meeting of the Parties are available here

Presentations

Agenda Item 4 (c)

Report on activities of relevance under the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO-EURO) of relevance to the Protocol and mainstreaming of activities under the Protocol into the policymaking of WHO-EURO

Mainstreaming (Russian)
by Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, Regional Adviser WHO-EURO

Agenda Item 6 (b) Obligations deriving from article 7 of the Protocol

Use of existing databases and reporting systems for the Protocol on Water and Health
by Mr.Thomas Kistemann, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promoting Water Management and Risk Communication, Germany

Preliminary guidelines for review and assessment of progress under the Protocol on Water and Health
by Dr. Rainer E. Enderlein, Consultant

Agenda Item 7 Surveillance and early-warning systems, contingency plans and response capacities

Surveillance of water-related diseases
By Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, Regional Adviser WHO-EURO

Agenda Item 9 Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism

Strengthening "Water & Health" in the EECCA countries
by Risto Aurola, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Agenda Item 4 (c)

Report on activities of relevance under the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO-EURO) of relevance to the Protocol and mainstreaming of activities under the Protocol into the policymaking of WHO-EURO

Mainstreaming (Russian)
by Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, Regional Adviser WHO-EURO

Agenda Item 6 (b) Obligations deriving from article 7 of the Protocol

Use of existing databases and reporting systems for the Protocol on Water and Health
by Mr.Thomas Kistemann, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promoting Water Management and Risk Communication, Germany

Preliminary guidelines for review and assessment of progress under the Protocol on Water and Health
by Dr. Rainer E. Enderlein, Consultant

Agenda Item 7 Surveillance and early-warning systems, contingency plans and response capacities

Surveillance of water-related diseases
By Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, Regional Adviser WHO-EURO

Agenda Item 9 Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism

Strengthening "Water & Health" in the EECCA countries
by Risto Aurola, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Roundtable

Roundtable on the Human Right to Water and the Protocol on Water and Health:
making access to water a reality

In the past 30 years, since the 1977 Mar del Plata Declaration, there has been growing recognition of the human right to water, both by individual States and by the United Nations as a whole. Recent developments in the UN Human Rights System – in particular general comment No. 15 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the right to water and the latest decision of the Human Rights Council on international human rights and access to water – have drawn further attention to this linkage. But the recognition of the human right to water is only the first step towards its implementation. How can this right be translated into reality?

The Roundtable brought together the human rights, health and environment communities to exchange views and work towards a common understanding of this issue. It examined progress to date in interpreting the human right to water and the legal, political and practical results of this debate.

Finally, the Roundtable explored the links with the Protocol on Water and Health and how the Protocol can help countries put the right into practice.

Programme

Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Presentations by panellists:

Joaquín de Arístegui, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative , Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Bart Ouvry, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium at the United Nations, Geneva

Elodie Carmona, Ministry of Health, France

Hannele Nyroos, Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment, Finland

Anna Tsvetkova, European ECO-Forum

Roundtable on the Human Right to Water and the Protocol on Water and Health:
making access to water a reality

In the past 30 years, since the 1977 Mar del Plata Declaration, there has been growing recognition of the human right to water, both by individual States and by the United Nations as a whole. Recent developments in the UN Human Rights System – in particular general comment No. 15 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the right to water and the latest decision of the Human Rights Council on international human rights and access to water – have drawn further attention to this linkage. But the recognition of the human right to water is only the first step towards its implementation. How can this right be translated into reality?

The Roundtable brought together the human rights, health and environment communities to exchange views and work towards a common understanding of this issue. It examined progress to date in interpreting the human right to water and the legal, political and practical results of this debate.

Finally, the Roundtable explored the links with the Protocol on Water and Health and how the Protocol can help countries put the right into practice.

Programme

Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Presentations by panellists:

Joaquín de Arístegui, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative , Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Bart Ouvry, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium at the United Nations, Geneva

Elodie Carmona, Ministry of Health, France

Hannele Nyroos, Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment, Finland

Anna Tsvetkova, European ECO-Forum

Documents

Documentation: First Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

Document Title ENG FRE RUS

Provisional agenda

ECE/MP.WH/1
EUR/06/5069385/6

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Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Proceedings

ECE/MP.WH/2
EUR/06/5069385/1

PDF PDF PDF

Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Rules of procedures

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.1
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.1

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Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Declaration and decisions

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.2
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.2

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Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Decision on review of compliance

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.3
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.3

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Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Decision on the Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.4
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.4

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Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Programme of Work for 2007-2009

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.5
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.5

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Draft rules of procedure

ECE/MP.WH/2007/1
EUR/06/5069385/7

PDF PDF PDF

Draft Programme of Work for 2007-2009

ECE/MP.WH/2007/2
EUR/06/5069385/9

PDF PDF PDF

Overview of Existing Reporting Mechanisms of Relevance for the Protocol

ECE/MP.WH/2007/3
EUR/06/5069385/10

PDF PDF PDF

Preliminary Guidelines for Review and Assessment of Progress under the Protocol

ECE/MP.WH/2007/4
EUR/06/5069385/11

PDF PDF PDF

Surveillance of Water-Related Diseases

ECE/MP.WH/2007/5
EUR/06/5069385/12

PDF PDF PDF

Mainstreaming activities and priorities of work under the Protocol into the policymaking of the World Health Organization (WHO)

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.1
EUR/06/5069385/8

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Compliance procedure under the Protocol on Water and Health

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.2
EUR/06/5069385/13

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Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.3
EUR/06/5069385/14

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Designation of focal points and their responsibilities

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.4
EUR/06/5069385/15

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Financial Arrangements to Support the Implementation of the Protocol

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.5
EUR/06/5069385/16

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Draft Declaration of the First Meeting of the Parties

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.6
EUR/06/5069385/18

PDF PDF PDF

Ratification status of the Protocol on Water and Health

INF.1

PDF    

Outcome of the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

INF.2

PDF    

Inputs received by parties and non parties for agenda item 4 (a) report on the status of implementation of the Protocol and
Agenda item 6 (a) obligations deriving from article 6 of the Protocol -setting of targets and target dates

INF.3

PDF   PDF

Protocol focal points

INF.4

PDF    

For papers of the Working Group on Water and Health click here

Meetings of the Signatories to the Protocol on Water and Health

Document Title ENG FRE RUS

Provisional Agenda: Second meeting of the Signatories

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/1

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Report on the Second meeting of the Signatories

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/2

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General overview on the interim implementation of the protocol

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/3

PDF   PDF

Draft rules of procedure

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/4

PDF PDF PDF

Provisional Agenda: First meeting of the Signatories

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/1

PDF PDF PDF

Report: First meeting of the Signatories 

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/2

PDF PDF PDF

Progress since the adoption of the Protocol

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/3

PDF PDF PDF

Draft work plan 2000-2003 under the Protocol

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/4

PDF PDF PDF

Documentation: First Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

Document Title ENG FRE RUS

Provisional agenda

ECE/MP.WH/1
EUR/06/5069385/6

PDF PDF PDF

Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Proceedings

ECE/MP.WH/2
EUR/06/5069385/1

PDF PDF PDF

Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Rules of procedures

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.1
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.1

PDF PDF PDF

Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Declaration and decisions

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.2
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.2

PDF PDF PDF

Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Decision on review of compliance

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.3
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.3

PDF PDF PDF

Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Decision on the Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.4
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.4

PDF PDF PDF

Report of the First Meeting of the Parties - Programme of Work for 2007-2009

ECE/MP.WH/2/Add.5
EUR/06/5069385/1/Add.5

PDF PDF PDF
 

Draft rules of procedure

ECE/MP.WH/2007/1
EUR/06/5069385/7

PDF PDF PDF

Draft Programme of Work for 2007-2009

ECE/MP.WH/2007/2
EUR/06/5069385/9

PDF PDF PDF

Overview of Existing Reporting Mechanisms of Relevance for the Protocol

ECE/MP.WH/2007/3
EUR/06/5069385/10

PDF PDF PDF

Preliminary Guidelines for Review and Assessment of Progress under the Protocol

ECE/MP.WH/2007/4
EUR/06/5069385/11

PDF PDF PDF

Surveillance of Water-Related Diseases

ECE/MP.WH/2007/5
EUR/06/5069385/12

PDF PDF PDF

Mainstreaming activities and priorities of work under the Protocol into the policymaking of the World Health Organization (WHO)

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.1
EUR/06/5069385/8

PDF PDF PDF

Compliance procedure under the Protocol on Water and Health

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.2
EUR/06/5069385/13

PDF PDF PDF

Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.3
EUR/06/5069385/14

PDF PDF PDF

Designation of focal points and their responsibilities

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.4
EUR/06/5069385/15

PDF PDF PDF

Financial Arrangements to Support the Implementation of the Protocol

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.5
EUR/06/5069385/16

PDF PDF PDF

Draft Declaration of the First Meeting of the Parties

ECE/MP.WH/2007/L.6
EUR/06/5069385/18

PDF PDF PDF

Ratification status of the Protocol on Water and Health

INF.1

PDF    

Outcome of the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

INF.2

PDF    

Inputs received by parties and non parties for agenda item 4 (a) report on the status of implementation of the Protocol and
Agenda item 6 (a) obligations deriving from article 6 of the Protocol -setting of targets and target dates

INF.3

PDF   PDF

Protocol focal points

INF.4

PDF    

For papers of the Working Group on Water and Health click here

Meetings of the Signatories to the Protocol on Water and Health

Document Title ENG FRE RUS

Provisional Agenda: Second meeting of the Signatories

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/1

PDF PDF PDF

Report on the Second meeting of the Signatories

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/2

PDF   PDF

General overview on the interim implementation of the protocol

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/3

PDF   PDF

Draft rules of procedure

MP.WAT/AC.2/2003/4

PDF PDF PDF

Provisional Agenda: First meeting of the Signatories

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/1

PDF PDF PDF

Report: First meeting of the Signatories 

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/2

PDF PDF PDF

Progress since the adoption of the Protocol

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/3

PDF PDF PDF

Draft work plan 2000-2003 under the Protocol

MP.WAT/AC.2/2000/4

PDF PDF PDF

Bureau

Members of the Bureau of the Protocol on Water and Health

Mr. Kjetil TVEITAN
Chairperson of the Bureau
Ministry of Health and Care Services
Post Box 8011 Dep
0030 Oslo
Norway
Tel: +47 22 24 8766
Fax: +47 222 4 86 56
E-mail: kjt@hod.dep.no

Mr. Oliver SCHMOLL
Vice-chairperson of the Bureau
Federal Environment Agency
Heinrich-Heine-Str. 12
08645 Bad Elster
Germany
Tel: +49 37437 76 275
Fax: +49 37437 76 219
E-mail: oliver.schmoll@uba.de

Ms. Ana DRAPA
Vice-chairperson of the Bureau
Ministry of Environment
Blvd. Libertatii n12 Sector 5
Bucharest
Romania
Tel: +40 21 316 21 84
Fax: +40 21 316 02 84
E-mail: ana.drapa@mmediu.ro

Ms. Olga DORONINA
Member of the Bureau
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Street Pogodinsky, house 10/15, structure 1
119992 Moscow
Russian Federation
Tel: +7 499 255 23 75
E-mail: rodep@mail.ru

Ms. Chantal GATIGNOL
Member of the Bureau
Ministry of Health
14 Avenue Duquesne
75350 PARIS
France
Tel: +33 1 40 56 51 44
Fax: +33 1 40 56 50 56
E-mail: chantal.gatignol@sante.gouv.fr

Mr. Mihaly KADAR
Member of the Bureau
National Institute of Environmental Health
Gyáli út 2-6
H 1162 Budapest
Head of department
Hungary
Tel: +361 476 1173
Fax: +361 215 0148
E-mail: kadar.mihaly@oki.antsz.hu

Mr. Kris van den Belt
Member of the Bureau
Flemisch Environment Agency
VMM- Kon. Albert II-laan, 20
1000 Brussels
BELGIUM
Fax: +32 2 553 21 05
E-mail: k.vandenbelt@vmm.be

Mr. Pierre STUDER
Member of the Bureau
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Section Food P.O. Box
CH-3003
Bern
Switzerland
Tel: +41 31 323 31 05
Fax: +41 31 322 95 74
E-mail: pierre.studer@bag.admin.ch

Members of the Bureau of the Protocol on Water and Health

Mr. Kjetil TVEITAN
Chairperson of the Bureau
Ministry of Health and Care Services
Post Box 8011 Dep
0030 Oslo
Norway
Tel: +47 22 24 8766
Fax: +47 222 4 86 56
E-mail: kjt@hod.dep.no

Mr. Oliver SCHMOLL
Vice-chairperson of the Bureau
Federal Environment Agency
Heinrich-Heine-Str. 12
08645 Bad Elster
Germany
Tel: +49 37437 76 275
Fax: +49 37437 76 219
E-mail: oliver.schmoll@uba.de

Ms. Ana DRAPA
Vice-chairperson of the Bureau
Ministry of Environment
Blvd. Libertatii n12 Sector 5
Bucharest
Romania
Tel: +40 21 316 21 84
Fax: +40 21 316 02 84
E-mail: ana.drapa@mmediu.ro

Ms. Olga DORONINA
Member of the Bureau
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Street Pogodinsky, house 10/15, structure 1
119992 Moscow
Russian Federation
Tel: +7 499 255 23 75
E-mail: rodep@mail.ru

Ms. Chantal GATIGNOL
Member of the Bureau
Ministry of Health
14 Avenue Duquesne
75350 PARIS
France
Tel: +33 1 40 56 51 44
Fax: +33 1 40 56 50 56
E-mail: chantal.gatignol@sante.gouv.fr

Mr. Mihaly KADAR
Member of the Bureau
National Institute of Environmental Health
Gyáli út 2-6
H 1162 Budapest
Head of department
Hungary
Tel: +361 476 1173
Fax: +361 215 0148
E-mail: kadar.mihaly@oki.antsz.hu

Mr. Kris van den Belt
Member of the Bureau
Flemisch Environment Agency
VMM- Kon. Albert II-laan, 20
1000 Brussels
BELGIUM
Fax: +32 2 553 21 05
E-mail: k.vandenbelt@vmm.be

Mr. Pierre STUDER
Member of the Bureau
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Section Food P.O. Box
CH-3003
Bern
Switzerland
Tel: +41 31 323 31 05
Fax: +41 31 322 95 74
E-mail: pierre.studer@bag.admin.ch