The 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health is taking place this week in Ostrava, Czechia.

These series of ministerial conferences are held every five years and are coordinated by WHO/Europe. The conferences are unique, bringing together different sectors to shape European policies and actions on environment and health.

The most recent conference took place in Parma, Italy, in 2010, this resulted Parma Declaration. Governments of the 53 European Member States set clear targets to reduce the adverse health impact of environmental threats in the next decade.

This year, participants including health and environment ministers and high-level representatives of WHO European Member States society, will consider new evidence demonstrating that preserving the environment is essential to the survival of mankind. They will also recognise the cross-border nature of environmental challenges and the necessity of focusing actions not only at the national level but also at subnational and city levels. They will look at the importance of identifying those most vulnerable to environmental challenges and the need for good governance, which includes involving stakeholders and citizens.

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