Environment and health information system : report on the first meeting of a working group, The Hague, Netherlands 2 October 2003
AbstractExperts from ministries of health and/ or environment in twenty-seven countries met to agree on a common position for Member States on the need and the general scope of European Environment and Health Information System (EHIS). They drafted a contribution to the Ministerial declaration to be presented at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in June 2004 in Budapest. The group acknowledged the importance of collaborative international effort in the establishment of a pan-European environment and health information system as a common base for policy-making. The participants reconfirmed the usefulness of such a system in providing a common 'language', and opportunities to exchange information on best practices. They discussed Member States' involvement and expectations from the system, including its key features, and pointed out organizational mechanisms for its operation and challenges in implementation. The group acknowledged the importance of a legal framework for EHIS to operate successfully. It was emphasized that the current work of the European Commission on the Environment and Health Action Plan may be a highly relevant contribution towards the establishment of the EHIS
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2003). Environment and health information system : report on the first meeting of a working group, The Hague, Netherlands 2 October 2003. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107530
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