International Conference on Childhood Obesity, CIOI 2017

5–8 July 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

The Government of Portugal is strongly committed to addressing the problem of childhood obesity, one of the biggest public health challenges, globally. Alongside its southern European neighbours, Portugal is seriously affected by childhood overweight and obesity, having more than one third of school-age children with weight problems – although the situation has slightly improved in recent years.

As one of the countries leading the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative and the WHO European Action Network on Reducing Marketing Pressure on Children, Portugal is hosting the International Conference on Childhood Obesity (CIOI) on 5–8 July 2017.

The Conference is being organized by several institutions under the Ministry of Health of Portugal, notably the National Institute of Health, which is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nutrition and Childhood Obesity.

Set to deliver an array of scientific and informative presentations, keynote debates and interactive workshops, with a line-up of internationally renowned speakers, the Conference will offer an extraordinary scientific and social programme. This is a pan-European conference, with a high level of political participation, in which many of the most outstanding global researchers and public health players will participate.

Dr Gauden Galea, Director, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course will be representing WHO/Europe at the opening ceremony (5 July), alongside the Minister of Health and the President of Portugal. As a keynote speaker, Dr Galea will also lead a plenary session entitled “Health with all policies” on 8 July.

The Conference will offer two WHO/Europe special sessions, gathering researchers and high-level representatives of all Member States involved in the COSI study as well as the control of marketing to children.

Based on the findings of the recent WHO/Europe childhood obesity reports, attendees from all over the world will be invited to learn and debate the guidelines, recommendations, policies and plans of the most recent documents, in order to address in a comprehensive and multisectoral arena, this important public health issue.