On 14-16 November 2016, European Environment and Health Youth Coalition (EEHYC) participated in the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting aimed to show the role of the Protocol as a tool to promote the achievement of the Agenda 2030 and facilitate the implementation of SDGs at national level.

The representatives and vice presidents of the EEHYC, Dovile Adamonyte and Jovana Dodos discussed the importance of advancing water, sanitation and hygiene in schools and reported on activities implemented under this specific area of work of the Protocol on Water and Health. Enjoy our video uploaded below!

Youth Coalition, strongly encourage a joint multi-sectoral action, collaboration and engagement, which will be fundamental for meeting these targets. The early stages of the Sustainable Development Goals implementation seems to be the right time to demonstrate practically how education, health and WASH actions can be combined and integrated to tackle the on-going challenges related to WASH in schools in   the   pan-   European   region   and   guarantee   good   health,   well-being,   education,   gender equality and dignity of school children and young people. With a purpose to draw attention and encourage active engagement of countries in advancing WASH in schools the side event on Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: improving health and educational outcomes was organized.

Many thanks to our partners and co-organizers of the side event:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany; Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Serbia; National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia; National Public Health Center, Hungary; Swiss Water and Sanitation (ApaSan) Project, Republic of Moldova; United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Kyrgyz Republic, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Moreover during the side event the EEHYC was welcomed for becoming an offcicial partner of Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). Happy we and stay tuned!