WHO high-level conference set to step up collaboration across sectors to tackle health inequities in Europe

Press contacts

Ms Maria Brink Schleimann
Communications Consultant
WHO Regional Office for Europe
UN City, Marmorvej 51
2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Tel.: +45 4533 7098
Email: brinkschleimannm@who.int

Ms Liuba Negru (French speaking)
External Relations Officer
Country Support and Communications
WHO Regional Office for Europe
UN City, Marmorvej 51
2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Tel.: +45 45 33 67 89
Mobile: +45 20 45 92 74
Email: negrul@ who.int

How can health, education and social sectors work closely together to improve the future for children and adolescents?

For the first time, European ministers and senior officials from health, education and social sectors will meet to consider ways of strengthening intersectoral cooperation for better, more equal health for children and adolescents and their families. More than 250 delegates from over 40 countries of the WHO European Region will attend the high-level conference entitled “Promoting intersectoral and interagency action for health and well-being in the WHO European Region”.

The conference will take place in Paris, France, on 7–8 December 2016. It will address a set of important issues, such as:

  • universal social protection – particularly child-focused interventions to tackle inequalities and vulnerability;
  • schools promoting health and well-being – including the role of schools in the community, family participation, healthy school settings and commercial influences, as well as meeting the needs of children at risk of missing out;
  • investing in the workforce to enable change; and
  • governance – setting targets and ensuring accountability.

The delegates at the conference are expected to agree on a set of concrete policy recommendations and actions for countries in the Region.

The conference is hosted by the Government of France. Attendees will include representatives of United Nations agencies, international and regional partner organizations, civil society and communities. More information about the event is available on the conference website.

There will be real-time coverage of the event on Twitter using the hashtag #together4health.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters, Salle II
125 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris
Website: www.unesco.org  

For security checks and in order to collect conference badges, participants are requested to access UNESCO through the address above (and not through the main entrance of UNESCO on Place de Fontenoy).  

Press opportunities

All plenary sessions at the meeting will be open to the accredited press. Photo opportunities will take place at the following times.

Wednesday 7 December

09:00 – Opening session with addresses from the International Labour Organization, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of France, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNESCO and the WHO Regional Office for Europe

Thursday 8 December

Interviews with WHO experts and country delegations, including from France, can be arranged with WHO communication officers.

Plenary sessions

A designated press area will be available in the plenary hall. Cameras are allowed access. For the opening session on Wednesday 7 December, doors open at 08:30. The detailed programme of the sessions will be available at the Documentation section of the conference web site  

Press/interview room and internet space

A press/interview room will be open in office S-387 of the UNESCO building and will operate from 09:00 to 18:00 on 7–8 December. Stationary computers and printing facilities will be available to the press in the common area.

Press registration

Journalists wishing to attend/cover the meeting are kindly requested to register by sending an email to negruL@who.int by 5 December 2016. Journalists can also register with the Press Office of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of France (see contacts below). Registered journalists can collect their press badges in person after having presented press credentials at the venue of the meeting on 7–8 December from 08:30 to 17:00.

While WHO prefers advance registration, onsite media registration will be open on the spot. It will start on Wednesday 7 December at 08:30 at the Press Welcome desk (look for signs).

To have access to UNESCO premises, journalists will be requested to present a piece of photo identification at the security check.