A consultation meeting on the revision of the National Programme for the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health
Attended by over 40 participants, the stakeholder consultation meeting on the revision of the National Programme for the implementation of the UNECE-WHO Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova for 2016-2025 took place in Chisinau on 26 November 2020 (in a hybrid format). The process of the revision of the National Programme is supported by UNECE with funding from the European Union under the EU Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership Programme (EUWI+).
The stakeholder consultation meeting aimed at providing ample opportunities for discussion of the proposed revisions of the National Programme for the representatives of the civil society and academia of the Republic of Moldova by connecting them directly with the experts responsible for the revision of the document, representing the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection and its National Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment.
The event brought together over 40 representatives of the national non-governmental organizations working in the field of water, sanitation and health as well as representatives of academia and international organizations, along with the national authorities. The consultation was opened by Ms. Mia Dubois-Boussaid, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova; Mr. Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECE; Mr. Ion Salaru, National Public Health Agency and Ms. Serafima Tronza, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova.
Consultation extended to the 4 December 2020 by written comments (link below)
Following a presentation on the relevance of the Protocol on Water and Health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by the UNECE expert, representatives of the responsible ministries delivered a detailed overview of the proposed revisions to the National Programme. A national expert also presented the proposals for amending the legislation on equitable access to water and sanitation in the Republic of Moldova. Participants then had the opportunity to ask questions and provide preliminary comments. Some of the issues discussed included questions on the financial resources available to implement the Programme and its relevance in the framework of the cooperation on transboundary water resources. The matters related to adequate wastewater treatment in the context of the water and health nexus were also discussed.
The participants decided to extend the consultation period and all interested stakeholders have been invited to submit written comments to the document by 4 December 2020 at the latest. The results of the stakeholder consultation will feed into the process of revision and formal adoption of the National Programme to be completed in early 2021.