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The Protocol on Water and Health Driving action on water, sanitation, hygiene and health


The UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health is an international legally binding agreement for countries in the pan-European region. Its objective is to protect human health and well-being through sustainable water management and by preventing and controlling water-related diseases.

This publication provides an introduction to the Protocol on Water and Health, presenting its core provisions, highlighting the benefits of being a Party to the Protocol and providing an insight into the Protocol’s technical areas of work on water, sanitation, hygiene and health. It also includes frequently asked questions for countries considering accession to the Protocol.