Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Ildiko Almasi, my history of involvement in the CEHAPE
My name is Ildikó Almási but everyone calls me simply Alma since nursery. I got in contact with the CEHAPE process and youth participation in 2004 during the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment. The Hungarian Ministry of Health wrote a tender searching for 10 young people with interest in environment and health to coordinate the work of the first youth parlaiment, and I applied for the position. Fortunately they chose me as a memeber of this youth group. In the frame of the conference they introduced the Budapest Declaration and the CEHAPE to us which are very important documents from the view of youth participation. Since then I’ve been involved in the process as a national youth delegate, buti n 2007 in the Luxemburgh meeting I applied to be elected as international youth representative. This meant hard work in a small group to create and ellaborate on the Youth Friendly CEHAPE which was launched in 2007 during the Intergovernmental Midterm Review. The elections of our network took place there as well, where we (Alina, Rena, Kyle and me) were appointed. Since then I’ve been representing the network on an international level participating in the meetings of the European Environment and Health Comittee and the CEHAPE task force. I’m very dedicated to this work and in my future i can imagine working in collaboration with WHO further on projects like CEHAPE.