WHO/Europe strengthens collaboration with the Northern Dimension


The Northern Dimension Annual Conference was hosted by WHO/Europe in Copenhagen on 28 October 2010

01 November 2010

On 28 October 2010, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) held its annual conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, hosted by WHO/Europe.

At the meeting, Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, noted that the new strategy of the NDPHS is very much in line with her vision for and the changes being made at WHO/Europe. The conference was therefore an opportunity to build on the long-standing collaboration between the two partners and to intensify and extend it to new areas of cooperation, including antimicrobial resistance and tobacco control. WHO/Europe recently nominated technical focal points to participate in the newly formed NDPHS expert groups.

The Regional Director invited the NDPHS to take part in developing Health 2020, the new European health policy, and new strategies on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and alcohol.

About the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

The Northern Dimension is a policy framework for cooperation involving the European Union, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation. It aims at providing a common platform for promoting dialogue and concrete cooperation as well as strengthening stability and promoting economic integration, competitiveness and sustainable development in Northern Europe.  Health is one of the key priority themes for dialogue and cooperation under the Northern Dimension.

NDPHS is a cooperative effort of 11 governments, the European Commission and 8 international organizations, including WHO/Europe. It works to promote sustainable development in the Northern Dimension area by improving human health and social well-being.

NDPHS focuses on the following health issues:

  • alcohol and drug prevention among young people;
  • antimicrobial resistance;
  • alcohol and substance abuse;
  • HIV/AIDS and associated infections;
  • indigenous mental health, addictions and parenting;
  • noncommunicable diseases related to lifestyles and social and work environment;
  • occupational safety and health;
  • primary health care and prison health systems.