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Triple COPs – The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-8) and the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-8) were completed on the 5th of May 2017.

The meetings were organized back-to-back and included joint sessions on joint issues. The Conference also included a high-level segment on Thursday, 4 May and the morning of Friday, 5 May 2017. The theme of the meetings and the high-level segment was “A future detoxified: sound management of chemicals and waste”.

Representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations and Partners in 30 countries met today in Geneva for an IPEN preparatory meeting prior to the beginning of the Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings begin on the 24th of April with a joint session of the three Conventions.

IPEN focal point in Armenia for chemical conventions AWHHE NGO participated in the meetings of the BRS Conference. The full information on the conference is available at the IPEN website: www.ipen.org 

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4 – 5 May 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

AWHHE representative participated in the Workshop on setting targets under the Protocol to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=44749#/) and the Ninth meeting of the Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting (http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=45258#/) which were held back to back on 4-5 May 2017 in Geneva.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the SDGs were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 as a next step in the world’s development agenda. As water is at the core of sustainable development, the implementation of SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation and of other water related goals and targets will be key to fulfill the aspiration of the 2030 Agenda.

The Government of Armenia was represented by delegates from the Ministries of Health and Nature Protection.

On April 7, 2017, the EUWI NPD Steering Committee held its 16th meeting to discuss national priorities for the water sector in the next 4 years.

The meeting was attended by the representative from the EU Delegation to Armenia Mr. Gregory Tsouris, OECD representative Ms.Tatiana Efimova and UNECE representatives Mr. Peep Mardiste and Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, as well as representatives from the relevant agencies, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.

The agenda focused on the latest developments in the water sector in respect of water resources management, use and maintenance of water systems, cooperation with the international program implemented in Armenia, as well as the draft Action Plan 2018-2020 for the Provision of Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation developed by the Working Group of Experts in frame of the ongoing project “Development of an Equitable Access Action Plan in Armenia” based on the self-assessment results of Equitable Access Score–card for Water and Sanitation implemented by AWHHE NGO in the Republic of Armenia under the Protocol on Water and Health.

Webinar on HHPs problems, belonged to EDCs was held on 13th of March 2017. Experts from EECCA countries participated in the webinar. Five presentations were prepared by Olga Speranskaya IPEN/ EcoAccord; Oleg Sergeev, Russia Chapaevsk; Eugenia Koreneva, Ukraine; Elena Manvelyan, Armenia; Oleg Pechenjuk, Kirgistan.

Materials are located on the following websites: www.ecoaccord.org ; http://pops-edc.ru/  www.awhhe.am

Participants of webinar agreed to continue the discussion and attract additional specialists and experts, in particular agroecologists.

 

From 26-27 March 2017, AWHHE representative participated in a regional seminar on the problems of mercury pollution in the countries of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). The seminar was organized in Moscow, Russia, by Eco Accord (http://www.ecoaccord.org/ ) jointly with the “Scientific Research Institute for Protection of atmospheric air » (http://www.nii-atmosphere.ru/) . The seminar was attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations, research institutes, international organizations and private companies involved in the collection and processing of mercury-containing waste. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the results of the GEF / UNEP project on the development of a mercury inventory in the Russian Federation, data on the health effects of mercury in EECCA countries, information on hot spots of mercury pollution.

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Riga, Latvia from 21 March to 23 March 2017

The meeting took place from 21-23 March 2017 in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Riga, Latvia, and was hold back to back the working session to address regional specific issues related to ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on 24 March 2017 at the same venue.

Meeting objectives: The objective of the regional preparatory meetings is to give Parties within regions the possibility to consult each other in advance of the 2017 COPs, consider meeting documents, discuss substantive matters, identify regional priorities and challenges, and facilitate the preparation of regional positions.
Observers, from the AWHHE, ARNIKA and IPEN participated in the meeting on behalf of IPEN network.

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The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes took place on 14-16 November 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting  was held in the Palais des Nations,  started on Monday, 14 November 2016. Mrs. Emma Anakhasyan  AWHHE NGO representative participates in the meeting.

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Measuring progress in achieving equitable access to water and sanitation
Date: Monday, 14 November 2016 Time: 13.30-14.30
Venue: Emirates Room (Room XVII) Interpretation: English, French, Russian

Background
Equitable access is key for the realization of the rights to water and sanitation but also for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water. The Protocol on Water and Health also states that “equitable access to water and sanitation, adequate in both quantity and quality, should be provided for all members of the population, especially those who suffer a disadvantage or social exclusion” (art. 5). The successful realization of this objective relies on adequate support from all relevant actors and the definition of robust indicators and appropriate tools for measurement of progress. This further includes prioritizing and targeting, as well as ensuring participation of specific groups, such as women.

Objectives
The event will discuss the importance of using disaggregated indicators to establish the right level of measurements to monitor the implementation of SDG 6 targets. It will also seek to identify the roles of specific actors, in particular women, in achieving equitable access to water and sanitation at all levels. More importantly, it will focus on ensuring that the process to ensure equity is actually understood and that progress is achieved. Presentations will provide background information on the topic while the panel discussions will identify main challenges and solutions based on the participants’ experiences.

Programme
13:30-13:35 Opening remarks
Rose Alabaster, WaterLex

13:35-13:50 Presentations – Frameworks for monitoring equitable access to water and sanitation
Enabling framework for adequate monitoring of compliance with the human rights to water and sanitation
Lenka Kruckova, WaterLex
The need for gender-disaggregated indicators to track equitable access to water and sanitation
Emma Anakhasyan, Women for Water Partnership

13:50-14:25 Panel discussion – Sharing good practices and challenges faced to improve equitable access on the ground
Facilitator: Diana Iskreva, Women for Water Partnership
Panellists:
Yannick Pavageau, French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Natasha Dokovska, Journalists for Human Rights
Anna Tsvietkova, Ukrainian National environmental NGO “MAMA-86”
Robert Bos, International Water Association
François Münger, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (tbc)
Rick Johnston, WHO
Discussions between the audience and the panellists

14:25-14:30 Summary and closing remarks
Diana Iskreva, Women for Water Partnership

Date: 27 October 2016, 16:00 p.m.

Event: Meeting with participation of different concerned ministries, organizations and NGOs

Venue: UNICEF, UN office in Armenia, c. Yerevan

Title of presentation: “Summary of results of research on lead in enamel paints sold in Armenia”

Speaker: Mrs. Knarik Grigoryan, “Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO expert on chemical safety

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