Almaty hosts a regional meeting on environment and health issues

Publication date: 24 March 2017

Almaty hosts a regional meeting on environment and health issues

March 28-29, 2017, Almaty will host a regional advisory meeting of the representatives from five Central Asian countries to discuss European process on “Environment and Health”. The meeting is organized by CAREC in cooperation with Regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe.  


The aim of the meeting is to discuss the condition and perspectives of the interaction between Central Asia and WHO in a sphere of reduction of environmental factors that have an impact on health of the population.  Participants will also discuss the progress of joint projects and priority directions within the framework of tasks concerning environmental and health sectors in Central Asia.

Representatives from Central Asian ministries of foreign affairs, responsible specialists from ministries and departments of environment and health will take part in the meeting as well as the representatives of academia, non-governmental organizations and international partners, such as, WHO, UNDP, UNEP, Embassy of the USA and others.

Mr. Srđan Matić, Coordinator, Environment and Health Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe and Dr. Elizabet Paunovic Head of Office, Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security, and Environment, WHO European Center for Environment and Health will also attend the event.

Such meeting is held for the first time for the specialists from ministries of environmental protection and health in close cooperation with WHO, on the eve of the Sixth European Conference for Ministers of Environment and Health.

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Date: March 28-29, 2017

Nomad Conference Hall, RamadaAlmaty Hotel, Baytursynova 27/1 (corner Kazybek Bi Street), Almaty, Kazakhstan

For additional information, please, contact Irina Bekmirzaeva, Manager of CAREC Environment and Health Programme, +998 93 501 11 30, e-mail:


The meeting is confined to the new level of development of CAREC Environment and Health Programme. Its main goal is to promote the reduction of environmental impacts on the health of the population.

Health of the population is a crucial factor of social-economical development of every state. It is determined not only by the absence of illnesses, but by the ability to quickly adapt to changing living conditions, emerging from climatic specifics and natural conditions.

According to WHO, quarter of all illnesses in the region is due to environmental factors. Essential barriers that have an influence on sustainable development in Central Asia are issues that are related to access and quality of water, air pollution, as well as issues that are related to extreme weather conditions due to climate change.

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