Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

The Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health was held in Gong, Ostrava-Dolní Vítkovice, Czech Republic on 13-15 June 2017. This high-level meeting of the World Health Organization European Region countries has seen 45 countries and almost 500 participants who adopted the Ostrava Declaration on 15 June 2017.

Output of the conference, Ostrava Declaration is a strategy document setting seven key focus areas for action on health and environmental action for the coming years:

  1. improved indoor and outdoor air quality
  2. ensuring universal, equitable and sustainable access to safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene
  3. minimizing the adverse effects of chemicals on human health and the environment;
  4. preventing and eliminating the adverse environmental and health effects, costs and inequalities related to waste management and contaminated sites;
  5. strengthening adaptive capacity and resilience to health risks related to climate change and supporting measures to mitigate climate change;
  6. supporting the efforts of European cities and regions to become healthier and more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
  7. building the environmental sustainability of health systems.

The Ostrava Declaration is supported by two annexes: a compendium of possible actions to advance the implementation of the declaration, and institutional arrangements for the Environment and Health for Europe process. Outputs of hte conference are available here and more details on the conference website:

RECETOX presented its activities at the side event on the Horizon 2020 EU Human Biomonitoring Project (HBM4EU) where Jana Klánová, RECETOX director, presented our monitoring programs, tools and database information systems suitable for the processing of environmental and biomonitoring data.

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