Links between government and nongovernment bodies facilitated

Posted: 2010-08-10

Over the years, GWP Romania and GWP Ukraine have stepped in to facilitate communication between government and non-government actors on water, health and the environment. This has helped shape ways and tools to translate the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water and Health Protocol Initiative into action.

GWP advances action on the protocol by making state departments and the public aware of the right to information on water and health through contributions to consultations and by organising workshops. In 2010, GWP Romania organised a workshop on information and public participation in water and health related issues for representatives from 20 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. UNECE, recognising the importance of GWP as a broker, signed a Memorandum of Understanding making GWP Central and Eastern Europe a partner in preparing for the 7th Conference of UNECE Environment Ministers to be held in Astana, in 2011. This formal inclusion of GWP in UNECE consultation and decision making processes is a significant milestone and an opportunity to strengthen GWP's role as broker.

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