Advocacy tools

This section provides pointers to help NGOs push their government to give more attention to children’s health and the environment.

Help make your case for children’s environment and health by:

- Requesting stakeholder consultation (materials available below)
- Using figures and case studies

NOW: ask for consultation with your government before 10 December in preparation to the EEHC meeting (12-13 December)!

Coming soon, tools for advocating in the fields of:

- Safe water, “eco-sanitation” instead of privatisation
- Fewer accidents, urban planning for road safety and outdoor play
- Clean air, breathe easy indoors
- Chemical safety, REACH for a safer future

Making a request for a stakeholder consultation

At the Budapest meeting in 2004, all European governments committed themselves to developing a national action plan on children’s environment and health. The process requires consultation with civil society.

This process is referred to in the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe, which was signed by all 52 governments in the WHO European Region.

“To ensure the development and implementation of national children’s environment and health action plans, we commit ourselves to using and adapting existing national bodies on environment and health or to establishing new mechanisms that will involve all relevant stakeholders, including the corporate sector, trade unions, child-focused NGOs and parents’, children’s and youth organizations.”

The national plan must be presented to an inter ministerial meeting in mid-2007.

If you want to benefit from consultation with your government, the EEN website can help you. The country page of the website provides you with information about what is happening in your country and below you will find two tools to help you advocate for good consultation: a checklist of ideas for stimulating consultation and an advocacy letter for you to adapt and send to the CEHAPE contact person in your country (name and contact details on the country page).

Making your case by:

-  Promoting NGO success stories (visit: Case studies section)
-  Using figures (see the list of databases available)