MEDIA ADVISORY: Health & Environment Ministers to address health challenges related to climate change

WHO/Europe and the Government of Hungary Press Conference(hybrid)

Health & Environment Ministers gather in Hungary to address health challenges related to climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss

Wednesday, 5 July 2023 at 13:00–13:30 CEST

The Seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health will gather ministers of health and environment from the WHO European Region on 5–7 July in Budapest, Hungary, to agree on innovative policies that will support people's long-term health and well-being and the environments in which they live.

Environmental risk factors, including pollution, loss of biodiversity and climate change effects, pose a serious threat to health and lives in the European Region. Only last year, in the hottest summer on record in the Region, more than 15 000 people died because of extreme heat. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed systemic failures in preventing and addressing environmental factors that increase the risk of zoonotic diseases and pandemics.

The primary outcome of the Conference will be the Budapest Declaration: a commitment and set of actions to address health challenges related to climate change, environmental pollution, land degradation and loss of biodiversity by building partnerships, improving governance, and investing in human resources and research for environment and health while recovering from the COVID-19 crisis.

The Conference is convened by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, in close collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and hosted by the Government of Hungary under the patronage of the President of Hungary, Ms Katalin Novák.


  • Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
  • Sándor PintérMinister of Interior, Hungary
  • Csaba Lantos, Minister of Energy, Hungary
  • Csaba Kőrösi, President of the UN General Assembly
  • Brigit Staatsen, Chair of the European Environment and Health Task Force
  • Sara Cozzoneyouth representative, Associazione A Sud – Ecologia e Cooperazione


  • Press Conference room, HUNGEXPO Congress Center, Albertirsai út 10, 1101 Budapest, Hungary.


The press briefing will be conducted in English and Hungarian. Interpretation will be available in English and Hungarian on-site. Zoom connection will be only available in English.

Journalists present in Budapest are encouraged to attend in person and should email Éva Kertész ( to be accredited. Note: Unaccredited journalists will be denied entry.  

Those unable to attend in person can join online via Zoom. When joining the Zoom meeting, please ensure you enter your name and media outlet in your profile. To ask a question, please write your question in the chat, alternatively click “raise hand”, and this will enter you into the pool for questions. Please make sure you have a microphone connected or active on your computer. 


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