Future for our Children

27/07/2003

High-level officials from 42 Member States and 13 organisations, including the European Commission, launched a uniquely participative process in environment and health

High-level officials from 42 Member States and 13 organisations, including the European Commission, launched a uniquely participative process in environment and health as they started negotiations on the action documents (a declaration and a children's environment and health action plan for Europe) that will be at the heart of the Ministerial Conference to be held in Budapest in 2004. A series of preparatory meetings have been organised by the WHO, the latest of which was held in Stockholm on 26-27 June, 2003.

The theme of the conference is "The future of our children"; the participants unanimously agreed that the major outcome should be a European plan to improve children's health and the environment. This plan will be developed through intensive intergovernmental consultations to ensure a document that is by and for Member States. The participants also agreed to develop a European information system on environmental health to monitor policy implementation throughout the WHO European region. In addition, international task forces and working groups would provide country input and support to the other items on the Conference agenda.

Mrs Margaret Wallström, European Union Commissioner for the Environment, emphasised that the new European Environment and Health Strategy would support the process in the Ministerial Conference.

The next intergovernmental meeting will take place in Portugal on 27-28 November 2003.

Source: World Health Organization 2003

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