Turkey to host the sixty-third session of WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Turkey will host the sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in the city of Izmir on 16–19 September 2013. The session was originally planned to be held in Portugal.

A high-level delegation from Turkey, led by the Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Mr Ömer Faruk Koçak, conveyed the Ministry of Health’s support for the hosting of the Regional Committee session. The delegation visited WHO/Europe on 9 and 10 January 2013 and met with the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, divisional directors and senior programme managers.

The city of Izmir, one of the oldest settlements of the Mediterranean basin, has generously offered to host the upcoming Regional Committee session together with the Ministry of Health. Ms Jakab expressed her gratitude for the supportive decision of the Turkish Government and the city of Izmir. The city will also host the 2013 WHO European Healthy Cities Network conference in June. The Network consists of cities around the WHO European Region that are committed to health and sustainable development.

The WHO Regional Committee for Europe is WHO’s decision-making body in the European Region. It comprises representatives of each Member State in the Region, and meets for four days in September each year.