Sanitation in Europe: From access to pollution reduction and reuse

Convenor(s):
Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment; Eawag; GIZ — Sustainable Sanitation Alliance; Institute of Public Health of Serbia; IRC; Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia; Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands; United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and World Health Organization

While the MDGs on water and sanitation had a relevance only for part of the pan-European region, consisting of continental Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, the SDGs well reflect the challenges across countries with different levels of development: ranging from lack of access to basic sanitation in rural areas and for vulnerable groups, to the prevention of environmental pollution from untreated wastewater and enabling safe reuse. Yet, the region is seldom the focus of global attention with regard to sanitation questions.

Already before the adoption of the SDGs, the pan-European region had provided itself with a unique tool to respond to sanitation, water and health challenges: the UNECE/WHO Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health.

The event will provide insights in how work under the Protocol on Water and Health addresses sanitation issues. It will review the current situation and reflect on the knowledge gaps with regard to sanitation in the pan-European region. Furthermore it will discuss how the Protocol provides solutions in the areas of equitable access to sanitation, institutional sanitation, small-scale sanitation systems and pollution reduction in the light of wastewater reuse and resilience to climate change.

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Thursday 09:00-10:30
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