7–9 March 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

The Strategic workshop on future priorities under the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health (http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/documents/2000/wat/mp.wat.2000.1.e.pdf) to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) (http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/water/pdf/watercon.pdf ) was held on 7-8 March 2016.

The main objective of the Strategic workshop was to identify future priorities under the Protocol on Water and Health through critically reviewing current activities and defining new strategic directions to respond to emerging trends and challenges in the pan-European region. Future work also needs to align with regional and global policy commitments, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015–2030 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2010 Parma Declaration on Environment and Health, and future regional priorities to be identified under the European Environment and Health Process.

The workshop’s outcomes will contribute to shaping the future programme of work of the Protocol for 2017–2019, to be adopted at the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (Bern, 14–16 November 2016). The discussion will rely on the expertise of a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organizations, academia and partners active in the pan-European region.  Documents are available at: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=41693#/ .

The Workshop on collecting good practices on target setting and reporting was held on 8-9 March 2016.

The objectives of the workshop on collecting good practices on target setting and reporting were to:
•    Review good practices and lessons learned that have been identified and gather additional experiences
•     Detect gaps and needs for including additional good practices and lessons learned
•     Examine submitted case studies and foster the development of additional ones.

 Workshop documents are available at: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=41691#/

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Emma Anakhasyan, Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) attended both workshops.