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Results of the NGO preparation for the Vienna Health and Environment Inter - Minsterial Conference 13-15 June 2007

WECF and HEAL organise NGO input: side-event, NGO award ceremony and plenary session

08.03.2007 |Sascha Gabizon






Sascha Gabizon WECF/Eco-Forum and Genon Jensen HEAL chair the NGO preparatory meeting in Brussels on February 28th 2007


WECF and HEAL organise the input of the NGOs into the interministerial conference on children's environmental health.

On Monday and Tuesday 11-12 of June the NGOs will organise a side-event, where WECF leads the sessions on Water and Health, and HEAL on chemicals and health. The NGOs have invited high level speakers to take part in the event, including Euro parliamentarians, and Professors in the fields.

On Wednesday 13th of June, the NGOs present the winners of the NGO CEHAPE AWARD at the plenary of the inter-ministerial conference, right after the introduction by the EU Commissioner for Health.

On Friday the 15th of June, the NGOs will fill a 45 minute sessions with best practices and policy recommendations.

To download the powerpoint presented to the CEHAPE member states and WHO, on the NGO preparations for Vienna, please click here:
The NGO presentation during the Inter-ministerial Mid-term Review in Vienna.


The draft agenda of the official inter ministerial conference is presented here:

23rd Meeting of the
European Environment and Health Committee (EEHC)
27 – 28 February 2007,
Brussels, Belgium

with a focus on

BUDAPEST CONFERENCE DECLARATION Paragraph 21b: ‘We agree to meet again at a fifth European ministerial conference on environment and health to be held in 2009. We invite WHO to convene an intergovernmental meeting to carry out a midterm review of the process by the end of 2007’.
   
    EUR/5067849/13   
    28 February 2007
    ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Intergovernmental Midterm Review
Provisional Programme

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

8.00 – 9.00        Registration

9.00 – 10.00        Opening session
            Addresses by
            Dr. Marc Danzon. Regional Director, WHO
               
            Mr. Josef Pröll. Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

            Dr. Andrea Kdolsky. Federal Minister for Health, Family and Youth, Austria

            Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO


9.45 – 10.00        Election of Officers
   

10.00 – 10.30        Keynote Address by European Commissioner


10.30 – 11.00            NGO Best Practice Award
   

11.00 – 11.30    COFFEE BREAK

(Press Conference with Commissioner, and youth)

SESSION 1                 PRESENTING THE EVIDENCE

11.30 – 12.30                i).    Scientific presentation by Nobel Prize winner
                                        ii).    Presentation by Chairperson of IPCC


SESSION 2                REPORTING BACK

12.30 – 13.30    Implementing Budapest Commitments (Declaration and CEHAPE) – Member States Report

2 Parallel Sessions for Member States to report back on Regional Priority Goals I and II, III and IV
        (including IGOs, NGOs, Youth, Local Authorities, Private Industry, Trade Unions)


13.30 – 14.30            LUNCH BREAK


14.30 – 16.00    Implementing Budapest Commitments (Declaration and CEHAPE) – Member States Report (contd).

2 Parallel Sessions for Member States to report back on Regional Priority Goals I and II, III and IV
        (including IGOs, NGOs, Youth, Local Authorities, Private Industry, Trade Unions)


16.00 – 16.30        COFFEE BREAK


SESSION 3             LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

16.30 – 18.00    Implementing Budapest Commitments (Declaration and CEHAPE) – Member States Report (contd). Introductory presentation of WHO Euro on a Scientific Evaluation of the European situation at present

4 – 5 Key presentations of country experiences representing main issues in WHO European Region.


20.00                 OFFICIAL RECEPTION

 Thursday, 14 June 2007


SESSION 3             LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE (contd.)

9.00 – 10.15        Evaluation of Parallel Session
Reporting back from parallel sessions on main achievements, constraints and challenges by rapporteurs of the working groups


10.15 – 11.15    Policy Instruments – have they made a difference?
        Presentations addressing the challenges on a regional, sub-regional and local perspective.    (eg THE PEP; The Water and Health Protocol;  and from the local community)
               
(round table or interview)


11.15 – 11.45        COFFEE BREAK


11.45 – 13:00    Lessons Learnt
                Conclusions and recommendations from Session 3


13.00 – 14.00            LUNCH BREAK


SESSION 4             LOOKING AHEAD

14.00 – 14.45        Way to go!
Reporting back by NGOs on side event held on 12th June   

14.45 – 16.00        Health in all policies. Taking stock and learning from experience
5 min film documentary

Presentation on Economic Impacts of Inaction

Discussion in plenary


16.00 – 16.30        COFFEE BREAK


16.30 – 17.30        Renewing the Commitment to Act
            Presentations     by EEHC Chairpersons (Prof Dab)
                            by CEHAPE Chairpersons (Mr. Thaler)
                            by WHO EURO (Dr. Bertollini)


20.00        OFFICIAL RECEPTION

Friday, 15 June 2007


SESSION 4             LOOKING AHEAD (contd)

9.00 – 9.30        Keynote address by European Commissioner
                   
9.30 – 10.00          A bridge to the future - Youth involvement in decision-making
Reporting back by youth on side event held on the 12th June and future plans   

10.00 – 11.00         Towards the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Italy 2009
Ministerial Roundtable with Ministers, and multiple stakeholders
facilitated by WHO and Youth


11:00 – 11.30        COFFEE BREAK
        (Press Conference with Commissioner, and youth)


SESSION 5            CLOSURE OF MEETING

11.30 – 13.30        Towards the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Italy 2009/contd.
        Discussion in plenary on the next steps for EEHC and Member States from IMR to next Ministerial Conference
       
13.30 – 14.00        Recommendations and conclusions of the meeting
            Endorsement of a one page committal document/charter/declaration


14.00    Closure of meeting