NGO positions

NGO positions

Prior to the ministerial meeting in Budapest in 2004, the European Public Health Alliance Environment Network (currently the Health & Environment Alliance) and European ECO Forum organised a meeting with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss issues and set priorities for the meeting in Hungary.

Civil society groups feared that the proposed Ministerial Declaration would end up even weaker when it would be signed in the end of the conference.

“Our concern is that the commitment to chemical legislation and to the precautionary principle will be watered down,” said Genon Jensen, Director of the Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL). “If they care about children’s health, Ministers should accept the stronger wording in the brackets. The Declaration should also make stronger reference to Table of Actions.”

Please find below the NGO Brussels statement and NGO positions on the four regional priority goals set during the Budapest Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in June 2004.