Healthy Environments for Children Alliance

HECA ABTF Meeting in Washington


Following the establishment of an interim task force at the December 2002 meeting of HECA stakeholders, the task force carried out its work over a six month period. Working groups were established in the following areas to take specific aspects of the task force’s work forward: 1) Structure and governance, linkages and methods of work; 2) Prioritizing areas of work and developing indicators; 3) Communications and advocacy; 4) Resource mobilization and capacity building.

In March 2003, the working groups of the alliance-building Task Force presented their interim results in the form of progress reports and outputs consisting of proposals for the structure and governance of HECA, the settings approach as a guiding framework for the work of the alliance, draft elements of a communications and advocacy strategy, and draft elements of a resource mobilization strategy. In addition to these draft outputs, challenging issues for resolution were also identified by each working group for further discussion by the alliance-building Task Force in a physical meeting.

The deliberations and proposals of the working groups formed the basis for a consolidated document for discussion at the proposed physical meeting of the alliance-building Task Force which took place on 9 and 10 June 2003 at the offices of the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. The consolidated document took the form of elements for a draft document, or "HECA charter" as it was provisionally entitled, which was circulated to members of the alliance-building Task Force prior to the meeting.

Meeting Objectives and Outcomes

The objectives of the meeting were to: agree on final proposals/recommendations of the alliance-building Task Force that would be forwarded to interested parties in the form of proposals for key elements of a HECA “Framework for Action” as it was agreed the document should be entitled; undertake strategic outreach to interested/potential stakeholders in HECA. Those taking part included representatives of national governments, agencies and organizations of the United Nations system; non-governmental organizations; foundations; academia and institutions, as well as representatives of WHO Regional Offices and Headquarters.

The HECA "Framework for Action" adopted at the meeting outlines the rationale for HECA, describes its aims, principles, functions, and expected achievements over the next two years. As such, it serves as a framework to take forward the initial phases of alliance work. It was agreed that this document would be widely disseminated and used on an interim basis for and by alliance members, following which it will be subject to review and revision.

Following the discussions of the alliance-building Task Force, an information session was organized on the afternoon of Tuesday 10 June where members of the Task Force were joined by interested parties and potential partners. The objectives of the information session were to share the results of the meeting, provide information on HECA and elicit views and input from interested parties.

Further Reading

(c) WHO, 2003. Participants come together for a celebratory picture after drafting the HECA Framework for Action.