On 20-21 March 2018 the EEHYC participated in the EHTF, which took place in Bonn, Germany and was hosted by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health.

Gathering Member States representatives and official stakeholders in the European Environment and Health Process, the event provided a platform for discussion and collaboration on developing national portfolios of actions on environment and health, following the 7 areas for action adopted in the Ostrava Declaration last year:

  • improving indoor and outdoor air quality for all;
  • ensuring universal, equitable and sustainable access to safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene for all and in all settings;
  • minimizing the adverse effects of chemicals on human health and the environment;
  • preventing and eliminating the adverse environmental and health effects, costs and inequalities related to waste management and contaminated sites;
  • strengthening adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change-related health risks and supporting measures to mitigate climate change and achieve health co-benefits in line with the Paris Agreement;
  • supporting the efforts of European cities and regions to become healthier, more inclusive, safer, resilient and sustainable;
  • building the environmental sustainability of health systems and reducing their environmental impact.

As an official stakeholder in the European Environment and Health Process, the EEHYC informed Member States about achievements and future plans regarding membership expansion under preparation to the 3rd General Assembly and was elected as an official stakeholder in the new EHTF Bureau. The Bureau guides the preparation of the EHTF meetings and supports the WHO Secretariat in the intersessional period.