23rd annual meeting of Regions for Health Network

22–23 September 2016, Kaunas, Lithuania

Achieving a healthy, sustainable society and improving integration, inclusion and coherence at international, subnational and regional levels are the themes of the 23rd annual meeting of the WHO Regions for Health Network (RHN). The meeting will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, on 22–23 September 2016.

This year’s RHN meeting will feature 2 firsts.

  1. WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab will take part, marking WHO’s full support and raising the political importance of the meeting.
  2. The RHN will open the meeting to decision-makers, politicians and regional managers to ensure that discussions include both the technical and political viewpoints needed to implement technical programmes.

The 23rd annual meeting has several objectives, including the identification of the interrelationship between horizontal action – across policies and sectors – and vertical action through multiple stakeholders and the public.

The meeting has several expected outcomes.

  • Make RHN members aware of the global and European directions for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, identify the roles of regions and discuss implementation modalities.
  • Provide an overview of RHN activities carried out since October 2015.
  • Decide on collaborations in the area of environment and health, and identify next steps.
  • Inform RHN members on the women’s health strategy; discuss the role of regions and identify the next steps for subnational implementation.
  • Conduct an intersectoral action mapping exercise on the subnational (RHN) level and agree on relevant decisions.
  • Discuss the modalities and areas of collaboration between RHN and the WHO Healthy Cities project that will be included in the Kaunas Manifesto.
  • Identify the next steps for the partnership among universities in RHN regions.
  • Identify RHN milestones for 2016–2017.