68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

17–20 September 2018, Rome, Italy

Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region as well as partner organizations and civil society will take part in the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Rome, Italy, on 17–20 September 2018.

Meeting venue

Auditorium della Tecnica
Viale dell’Astronomia, 30
00144 Rome

Working languages and documentation

The working languages of Regional Committee sessions are English, French, German and Russian. Statements made in any of these languages will be interpreted simultaneously into the other three languages.

Documentation for RC68 will be available on the Regional Office website six weeks before the session. Advance copies of some documents will be available in English from July.

Please note that, as in recent years, the Secretariat will not distribute printed copies of RC68 documentation. Participants are kindly requested to bring their own copies of documentation with them to the session.

Items on the agenda

  • The European health report 2018;
  • Implementation of the roadmap to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on Health 2020, the European policy framework for health and well-being, and review of the joint monitoring framework;
  • Advancing public health in the WHO European Region for sustainable development;
  • Can people afford to pay for health care? New evidence on financial protection in Europe;
  • Action plan to improve public health preparedness and response in the WHO European Region;
  • Strategy on the health and well-being of men in the WHO European Region;
  • Implementation of the Regional Framework for Surveillance and Control of Invasive Mosquito Vectors and Re-emerging Vector-borne Diseases 2014–2020: lessons learned and the way forward;
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization: realizing the full potential of the European Vaccine Action Plan;
  • Countries at the centre: the strategic role of country offices in the WHO European Region;
  • Impact of WHO reform on the work of the WHO European Region;
  • Accreditation of regional non-State actors to the WHO Regional Committee for Europe;
  • Report on WHO high-level meetings:
    • Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience in the European Region (Sitges, Spain, 16–18 April 2018);
    • Health Systems for Prosperity and Solidarity: Leaving No One Behind (Tallinn, Estonia, 13–14 June 2018).

In addition to the agenda items mentioned above, 15 progress reports will provide updates on the implementation of a number of resolutions approved by the Regional Committee at previous sessions. As is customary, ministerial lunches and technical briefings will offer additional opportunities to discuss technical items.


In the event that you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat of the WHO Regional Office for Europe by email at eurorc68@who.int.