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Steps towards implementation

Finland is preparing a CEHAP using the 1997 NEHAP as the basis. This will be carried out by the inter-ministerial co operation group on environment and health that participated in the preparation of the Budapest Conference and meets on a regular basis. It incldes representatives from the Ministries of Social Affairs and Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Trade and Commerce, and related agencies.

As a kick-off for the CEHAP activities, an open seminar on children, environment and health was held in September 2005. The aim of the seminar was to discuss threats to children’s health caused by environmental factors in Finland and potential actions to improve the situation. There were altogether almost 250 participants, including representatives from environmental, school and other health care, day care, education, science, administration, local political decision-making and NGOs.

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Visit the WHO website. It can help you find out more about what your government has to say about its activities for children’s environment and health. For information and views from NGOs, stay on these pages.

Your government’s contact point

Dr Mikko Paunio
Senior Medical Officer
Health Department
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
P.O. Box 33

Ms Tuire Nikulainen
Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of the Environment
PO Box 35
FIN 00023 Government