The People’s Meeting

16–19 June 2016, Bornholm, Denmark

Can we nurture a more responsible use of medicines in the future? Who is responsible for binge drinking among young people? These and other challenging questions will be addressed at two WHO/Europe events, organized as part of the UN programme at the People's Meeting (Folkemødet) on Bornholm, Denmark, taking place from 16–19 June 2016.

For the first time this year, a team from WHO/Europe will be joining representatives from 7 other UN organizations based in Denmark to take part in the Danish political festival.

Medicines and society – what challenges do we face in the future?
Thursday 16 June, 16:00–17:00, in the UN tent, B5

Globally, the effective use of vaccines and medicines has made a positive contribution in reducing mortality for children and adults. But new medicines are expensive. How does WHO prioritize the use of medicines and can we nurture a more responsible use of medicines in the future?

Young Danes probably hold the world record for drunkenness – can anything be done?
Saturday 18 June, 16:00–17:00, in the UN tent, B5

The rate of binge drinking among young Europeans is alarmingly high, and alcohol is the most important factor related to premature death in young people. Compared to other countries, young Danes rank at the top for drunkenness. Who is responsible, and what works?

Follow the discussions

To follow UN organizations and agencies at Folkemødet, use the hashtag #FNfmdk. To follow the whole festival, use #fmdk. 

About Folkemødet

The People's Meeting is an annual political festival, open to all, that is held in the town of Allinge on the Danish island of Bornholm. It provides a dynamic forum for people to engage in discussions on issues that affect them, including health, with many different stakeholders. Those organizing events and debates include UN organizations, ministries, local authorities, politicians, patient organizations and other nongovernmental organizations, journalists, public figures, artists, musicians, unions, and the private sector. The meeting has grown each year since beginning in 2011, and in 2015 over 100 000 people took part.