An intense preparation period together with partners and stakeholders led to several activities on 22-24 May 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. The initial phase of the planning focused on preparatory work in order to ensure that activities were planned in line with the two distinct components of the meeting, focusing on promoting chemical safety area and capacity building of EEHYC.

With regards to the thought capacity building component, an internal meeting of the Executive Board members was held. In 23rd of May three national platforms had presentations about their recent activities on the national level.

The parallel activity promoting high level discussions had a more international flavor where influential and experienced experts working on chemical safety issues at the global level were invited to Kiev. The international meeting, devoted to minimizing the adverse effects of chemicals on human health and the environment brought together the Executive Board members with international experts.

The unique approach used in these events is the emphasis given to partnerships. Each of the meetings was conducted with highly reputable partner institution. Within the scope of the chemical safety area, EEHYC has already developed partnerships with:

  • WHO CO UKR (World Health Organization Country Office to Ukraine)
  • WHO/ECEH (World Health Organization, European Centre for Environment and Health)
  • MoH of Ukraine (Ministry of Health)
  • State Institution “O.M. Marzeiev Institute for Public Health” NAMSU
  • Ukrainian National Environmental NGO MAMA-86.

During Kiev meetings and after the brainstorm on this topic made during a conclave with Ukrainian health authorities at the Ministry of Health, it was concluded that EEHYC should lead activities aimed at improving organizations to:

  • Advocate for youth to join national chemical safety regulatory bodies;
  • Promote the necessity for more comprehensive youth-friendly chemical labeling;
  • Improve inter-facility and intra-facility delivery of chemicals;
  • Increase environmental regulatory compliance and decrease legal liability;
  • Increase operational safety for workers and the community;
  • Streamline environmental compliance and reporting;
  • Minimize hazardous waste disposal.

By taking ownership of the chemical safety promotion, youth influencers are searching for creative ways to increase the interest of their peers in environment and health protection, in order to encourage youth to take new initiatives and to increase the outreach of the chemical safety area to new stakeholder groups.