International health seminar held in Moscow


The 14th seminar in a series of international health seminars took place on 30 August 2017 at the United Nations Conference Room in Moscow, Russian Federation.

The objective of the session was to brief participants on the outcomes of the Seventieth World Health Assembly and the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC67). It focused on how the adopted resolutions and decisions will influence commitment to global, regional and national public health agendas.

Dr Melita Vujnovic, WHO Representative to the Russian Federation, presented the key resolutions adopted at the Seventieth World Health Assembly, held on 22–31 May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The resolutions address:

  • universal health coverage;
  • the WHO Health Emergencies Programme;
  • the health of women, children and adolescents;
  • climate change and the environment; and
  • WHO reform.

The election of Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, to the presidency of the Seventieth World Health Assembly has generated great interest in the Assembly among the Russian public health community.

Seminar participants also discussed the agenda of RC67, held on 11–14 September 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. They focused in particular on:

  • a sustainable health workforce;
  • progress in the implementation of Health 2020, the WHO European policy for health and well-being; and
  • strengthening collaboration among Member States.

Dr João Breda, Head of the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases based in Moscow, presented the Office, its health priorities and its work in the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region. He highlighted the significant contribution of Russian public health institutions and experts to WHO activities in the field of prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.

About the international health seminars

Launched 2 years ago by the WHO Country Office in the Russian Federation, the well-attended international health seminars provide a technical discussion forum for public health and international health experts. The briefings continue to facilitate open discussion with academia and the practical exchange of opinions on topics for implementation in the context of the Russian Federation and of international health collaboration. The seminars also provide opportunities for updating health partners on ongoing and new initiatives.

Past agendas items have included a wide range of health topics, such as health systems, road safety, tobacco control, healthy cities, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and physical activity, and international public health tools.

Participants in these seminars include staff and representatives from more than 10 WHO collaborating centres and United Nations agencies based in Moscow, representatives of the Ministry of Health, WHO staff and consultants, and other stakeholders. Speakers include WHO experts, representatives of other United Nations agencies, prominent public health figures and experts of the Russian Federation.

Suggested topics for future seminars include palliative care, mental health, educational cooperation, and the availability and affordability of medicines for diseases of major public health importance.