The fifth Strategic Planning Meeting of the European Environment and Health Youth Coalition (EEHYC) was held on the 31st March-1st April 2017 in Kiev, following the 2nd General Assembly of the EEHYC and the election of the new EEHYC Executive Board. It was kindly hosted by the WHO CO in Ukraine and WHO CC REMPAN (Research Center for Radiation Medicine) in the frame of international scientific meeting “European Environment and Health Process. Implementation in Ukraine”. The current Executive Board members and the Monitoring Committee were present at the international scientific meeting, as well as the Head of WHO Centre for Environment and Health, representative of WHO CO in Ukraine, scientists from National Research Center for Radiation Medicine (NRCRM), representatives of national platforms.

The main objective of 5th Strategic Planning Meeting was to stock conclusions from the 2nd General Assembly, develop a detailed action plan for the efficient functioning and further development of the Coalition during the mandate of the newly elected EEHYC Executive Board (EB) and discuss the best ways of ensuring our active participation in the preparation, participation and the follow-up of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.

Taking to account that Ukraine is still suffering from health consequences after the most tragic environmental catastrophe – the Chernobyl disaster, EEHYC recognized that children and young people are most vulnerable to radiation and its consequences. Therefore, in collaboration with WHO CC REMPAN – Research Center for Radiation Medicine, it was agreed accepted the proposal for a short update on radiation medicine research to be included in EEHYC meeting agenda.