Experts and dignitaries gather to launch World Health Day and promote active ageing

On 2 April 2012, WHO/Europe and the Danish National Board of Health will jointly host an event in Copenhagen, Denmark, to kick off a range of activities organized throughout the WHO European Region to celebrate World Health Day. Opening remarks by the Director General of the Danish National Board of Health, Else Smith, and the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, will be followed by a presentation on age-friendly policies in the local environment by Professor Furio Honsell, Mayor of Udine, Italy. Professor Honsell will also join a panel of experts from WHO/Europe, the Danish government and civic society, who will discuss the need for and impact of policies that promote healthy and active ageing. After a 45-minute discussion facilitated by journalist Trine Sick, panel members will answer questions from the media and other participants. An animated slide show of older persons enjoying the benefits of age-friendly policies in various parts of the Region will serve as a backdrop and inspiration for the discussion.

Active ageing in focus across the Region

WHO/Europe is contributing to national and local activities in many parts of the Region to facilitate debate and raise public awareness on health issues related to ageing. In several countries (Azerbaijan, Slovenia, and Tajikistan), this year's World Health Day theme will be the subject of television and radio programmes, while in others (Armenia, Belarus, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia) World Health Day will be launched by means of a press conference. Further national activities include conferences in Serbia, Slovenia and Uzbekistan; a high-level meeting in Croatia; a seminar in the Czech Republic and a panel discussion in the Russian Federation. Activities at municipal level are also being organized in various countries, including the Czech Republic and Serbia.