25 – 27 November 2013
The third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 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 ) took place on 25-27 November 2013 in Oslo, Norway. The event was attended by about 150 participants from different countries.
The Meeting of the Parties adopted several decisions and a new work programme. All documents are available at:http://www.unece.org/env/water/3rd_mop_protocol_water_and_health_2013.html.
The new work programme includes activities on: improving governance for water and health by supporting the setting of targets and implementing measures; the prevention and reduction of water related diseases; small-scale water supply and sanitation; equitable access to water and sanitation; and on safe and efficient management of water supply and sanitation systems.
Three new publications were adopted:
– No one left behind: Good practices to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation in the pan-European region(http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/water/publications/PWH_No_one_left_behind/No_one_left_behind_E.pdf),
– (The Equitable access score-card: Supporting policy processes to achieve the human right to water and sanitation (http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/water/publications/PWH_equitable_access/1324456_ECE_MP_WP_8_Web_Interactif_ENG.pdf),
– The Guide to Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health (http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/water/publications/PWH_public_participation/GuidePublicParticipationPWH_WEB_EN.pdf).
Emma Anakhasyan, representative of the Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) non –governmental organization, attended from the NGO sector.