The sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health (MOP 6) will consider the progress on advancing the water, sanitation, and health agenda in Europe and how the Protocol can best support countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation and achieve water- and health-related SDGs.
MOP 6 will begin on 16 November with a special high-level session where discussions will take stock of countries’ responses to ensure access to water, sanitation, and hygiene in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss how to tackle the challenges posed by climate change in the pan-European region to ensure climate-resilient water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and health services. The role played by the Protocol on Water and Health in addressing these challenges will be highlighted, looking at both the political and technical dimensions.
MOP 6 is also expected to review past activities implemented by countries on issues such as: the prevention and reduction of water-related diseases; water sanitation and hygiene in schools and healthcare facilities; small-scale water supplies and sanitation; and equitable access to water and sanitation. Delegates will reflect on challenges and identify areas for action by reviewing the progress achieved in the Protocol’s implementation. The future programme of work for 2023-2025 of the Protocol will be discussed and adopted. The meeting will also review the situation with water and health in the pan-European region based on the fifth reporting cycle under the Protocol.
Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe joint secretariat, the pan-European intergovernmental meeting convenes every three years.
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dates: 16-18 November 2022
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland