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Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

16 - 18 November 2022
Salle XVIII, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland
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The sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health will be a key milestone for the implementation of the Protocol and an opportunity to discuss strategic directions of the pan-European water, sanitation and health agenda. The meeting is expected to gather representatives of over 40 countries and other stakeholders from the region, including international and non-governmental organizations, development agencies, academia and the private sector.

On 16 November 2022, there will be a high-level session on strengthening the resilience of WASH and health services in times of climate change and pandemics. The segment aims to take stock of countries’ responses to ensure access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also foster an open dialogue on how to tackle the challenges posed by climate change in the pan-European region to ensure climate-resilient WASH and health services. More information on the high-level session is available here.

Participants will further discuss achievements and lessons learned over the past three years of implementing the Protocol, including in the areas of prevention and reduction of water-related diseases, improving WASH in schools and health care facilities, safe management of water supply and sanitation systems, and equitable access to water and sanitation for all. Most importantly, the Meeting of the Parties will adopt a new programme of work for the period 2023-2025, which is the main instrument to support the Protocol’s implementation and to respond to countries’ priorities and needs.

The meeting will review the situation with water, sanitation, hygiene and health in the pan-European region, based on the 5th reporting cycle under the Protocol on Water and Health. The reporting cycle is a rich data hub for the region, containing information on existing environmental and health legislation and policies as well as data on several thematic aspects covered by the Protocol.

All documents for the meeting will be available in September 2022.

Registration

All participants to the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties are required to confirm their attendance to the meeting by registering at the following link: https://indico.un.org/event/1000666/
Please register at your earliest convenience but no later than 1 November 2022.
More information on how to create an account on Indico to effectively register for the event is available under the tab further below.

Financial support

Some funds are available to support participation of nominated representatives from countries with economies in transition.
Requests for financial support should be submitted together with the Indico registration to the UNECE secretariat ([email protected]), using the financial support request form available here, duly signed by the authorized high-level official. Please submit your requests as soon as possible, but no later than 1 October 2022, no applications will be accepted after the deadline . Due to the limitation of funds, eligible delegates are encouraged to request financial support well before the deadline.

Visa

Since Switzerland is part of the Schengen area, visa applications might take up to 5 weeks. Participants requiring a visa are encouraged to register as soon as possible and start the visa procedure at least 5 weeks in advance of the meeting.

 

Documents

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Item 1 - Opening of the session and adoption of the agenda

 

 

 

Annotated provisional agenda for the sixth session
(ECE/MP.WH/23-
EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/03)

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Procedural matters of relevance to decision-making at the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties due to the hybrid format imposed by the circumstances associated with the coronavirus
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/1-EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/07)

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Informal document

 

 

 

Organization of work

 

 

 

Item 2 - High-level session: “The Protocol on Water and Health: strengthening the resilience of WASH and health services in times of climate change and pandemics”

 

 

 

Concept Note PDF PDF PDF

The Protocol on Water and Health: Driving action on water, sanitation, hygiene and health
(ECE/MP.WH/21)

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Informal documents

 

 

 

The Protocol on Water and Health and the COVID-19 pandemic: Relevance, lessons learned and future perspectives

 

 

 

Programme of the high-level session: “The Protocol on Water and Health: Strengthening the resilience of WASH and health services in times of climate change and pandemics

 

 

 

Item 3 - Status of ratification of the Protocol and report on credentials

 

 

 

Informal document

 

 

 

Status of ratification of the Protocol on Water and Health

 

 

 

Item 4 - Elections of the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties and other members of the Bureau

 

 

 

Item 5 - Global and regional context: relevant processes on water, sanitation, hygiene and health

 

 

 

Drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene in the  WHO European  Region:  Highlights  and progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal6(Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

Declaration of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
(WHO Regional Office for Europe, EURO/Ostrava 2017/6)

 

 

 

Item 6 - Improving governance for water and health: support for setting targets and implementing measures

 

 

 

Regional report on the status of implementation  of  the  Protocol
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/5-EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/11)

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Item 7 - Assistance to support accession and implementation at thenational level

 

 

 

Informal document

 

 

 

Overview of activities in member States under the biennial collaborative agreements of the WHO Regional Office for Europe to support implementation of the Protocol’s programme of work for 2020–2022

 

 

 

Item 8 - Increasing resilience to climate change

 

 

 

Background Note on Increasing Resilience to Climate Change through the Protocol on Water and Health
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/7-EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/13)

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Item 9 Compliance procedure

 

 

 

Report of the Compliance Committee to the Meeting of the Parties, including the decision on general issues of compliance
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/6-EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/12)

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Informal document

 

 

 

List of nominated candidates for the  Compliance Committee, together with curricula  vitae and supporting documentation

 

 

 

Item 10 - Prevention and reduction of water-related diseases

 

 

 

Expert  meeting  on  prevention  and  control  of  legionellosis  in  the  pan-European  region: Meeting  report –Virtual  meeting,  30  November–2  December  2021(Copenhagen,  WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

Expert  consultation  on  public  health  needs  related  to  surveillance  of  SARS-CoV-2  in wastewater:  Summary  report –Virtual  meeting,  30  November  2020(Copenhagen,  WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2021)

 

 

 

Environmental  surveillance  for  SARS-COV-2  to  complement  public  health  surveillance: Interim Guidance(Geneva, WHO, 2022)

 

 

 

Wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2: Questions and answers (Q and A)(Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

Informal documents

 

 

 

Training module on risk-based water quality surveillance

 

 

 

Training module on water-related disease surveillance and outbreak management

 

 

 

The Protocol on Water and Health and the COVID-19 pandemic: Relevance, lessons learned and future perspectives

 

 

 

Item 11 - Institutional water, sanitation and hygiene

 

 

 

Improving  quality  of  carethrough  better  water,  sanitation  and  hygiene:  A  pan-European perspective(Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

Water, sanitation  and hygiene in health-care facilities:  A practical  tool  for  situation assessment  and  improvement  planning(Copenhagen, WHO Regional  Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

National situational analysis of water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care facilities  in Serbia: Summary report(Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2020)

 

 

 

Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: Meeting summary, 6–8 July 2021 (Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2021)

 

 

 

Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: Meeting summary, 4–6 April 2022 (Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

Item 12 - Small-scale water supplies and sanitation

 

 

 

A field guide to improving small drinking  water  supplies:  Water  safety  planning  for  rural communities(Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

Informal documents

 

 

 

Small-scale water supply and sanitation systems: Country activities towards achieving safe services

 

 

 

Summary of the expert consultation on on-site sanitation

 

 

 

Item 13 - Safe and efficient management of water supply and sanitation systems

 

 

 

Delivering safe sanitation for all: Areas for action to improve the situation in the pan-European region(Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022)

 

 

 

Informal document

 

 

 

Summary of the expert consultation on on-site sanitation in the pan-European region

 

 

 

Item 14 - Equitable access to water and sanitation: translating the human rights to water and sanitation into practice

 

 

 

Making water and sanitation affordablefor all: Policy options and good practices to ensure the affordability of safe drinking water and sanitation services in the pan-European region
(ECE/MP.WH/20)

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Item 15 - Financing of the Protocol on Water and Health

 

 

 

Overview of contributions and expenditures for the period 2020–2022
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/4-EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/10)

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Draft programme of work for 2023–2025
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/2-EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/08)

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Informal document

 

 

 

Concept note for  a  round table discussion on the financing  of  the  Protocol  on  Water  and Health

 

 

 

Item 16 - Programme of work for 2023–2025, terms of reference of bodies established to implement it and resources needed for its implementation

 

 

 

Report on the implementation of the  programme of work  for 2020–2022
(ECE.MP.WH/2022/3-EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/09)

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Overview of contributions and expenditures for 2020-2022
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/4- EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/10)

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Draft programme of work for 2023-2025
(ECE/MP.WH/2022/2- EUCHP/2219533/3.1/2022/MOP-6/08)

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Informal document

 

 

 

Provisional  calendar  of  meetings  under  the  Protocol  on  Water  and  Health  and  the  Water Convention in 2023

 

 

 

Compliance Committee

Nominating
Party
Candidate Curriculum Vitae Letter of nomination
Azerbaijan Ms. Gunel GURBANOVA PDF PDF
Germany Ms. Ingrid CHORUS PDF PDF
Switzerland Mr. Jorge VIÑUALES PDF PDF

Registration

Delegates planning to attend the meeting, whether virtually or in-person, are requested to register by 1 November 2022. Please register online using the following link: https://indico.un.org/event/1000666/.

 Instructions for Indico registration:

Step 1:  Account creation. You must create an account if you do not have one yet. If you already have an existing account proceed to Step 2. 

  1. Go to registration page: https://reg.unog.ch/user/register (copy the link and paste on recommended browsers: Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge)
  2. Fill out the account creation form then click on Confirm
  3. You should receive an email with an activation link. Click on that activation link.
  4. Your account is now activated

Youtube video tutorial of this process: link

 Step 2: Register for the meeting.

  1. At this stage, you have already created and activated your account on the new UNOG online registration and accreditation system (One time exercise).
  2. Go to the meeting registration page: https://indico.un.org/event/1000666/ (copy the link and paste on recommended browsers: Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge)
  3. Click on the button "Register now" - If you are not already logged in, you will be redirected to the login page where you can log in using your user name (email) and password.
  4. Fill out the registration form and click on Submit.
  5. Once you are registered, you will receive an email informing you that your registration has been received and is pending approval
  6. As soon as the Secretariat processes your registration, you will receive a confirmation email

Youtube video tutorial of this process: link

In case of difficulties, please contact the secretariat by email ([email protected]). The link for the virtual platform for the meeting will be sent to registered participants only.