Key WHO/Europe events in 2012

Building on the momentum of resolutions and collaborative work in previous years, WHO/Europe plans many activities and events in 2012.

Highlights throughout the year include the following:

  • the first meeting of the European regional commission to verify measles and rubella elimination, 24–25 January, Copenhagen, Denmark;
  • opening of the expanded Bonn Office (WHO European Centre for Environment and Health), 14 February, Germany;
  • World Health Day, 7 April, focusing on active ageing;
  • third meeting of the European Health Policy Forum for High-level Government Officials, 19–20 April, Brussels, Belgium, which will focus on the development of Health 2020, the new WHO European policy for health;
  • European Immunization Week, 21–27 April: advocacy activities across the WHO European Region to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization;
  • release of the latest report on health behaviour in school-aged children, spring 2012;
  • the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly, 21–26 May, Geneva, Switzerland, whose agenda includes the appointment of the WHO Director-General; and
  • the sixty-second session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, 10–13 September, Valletta, Malta, at which the endorsement of Health 2020 is expected to be a core part of the proceedings.

The World Health Day celebrations will form part of WHO/Europe’s year-long, Region-wide spotlighting of age-related issues. It will focus on areas such as preventing falls, promoting physical activity, promoting vaccination and preventing infectious diseases in health-care settings, and building capacity for home care and in the health-care workforce. In the European Union, 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. All these activities will culminate in a European strategy on healthy ageing, to be proposed to the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in September.