13th meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (TAG-TB) for the WHO European Region

9–10 April 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (TAG-TB) for the WHO European Region was established to provide independent review and technical advice on TB to the WHO Regional Director for Europe, particularly on areas related to TB prevention and care in the Region.

At its annual meeting, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 9 to 10 April 2019, the Group will review:

  • progress made in implementing the recommendations made by the global WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis in 2018 and the European TAG-TB;
  • the status of implementation of the tuberculosis action plan for the WHO European Region 2016–2020.

This review will cover the overall work of the WHO Regional Office for Europe on TB and multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant TB (M/XDR-TB), and for the adoption of a sustainable, intersectoral approach to combat TB across the Region.

The Group will also advise on:

  • measures to support Member States in achieving greater progress against TB through a sustainable development approach;
  • next steps following the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on TB, held in September 2018, and the launch of the United Nations Common Position on Ending HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis through Intersectoral Collaboration in the WHO European Region, in a dedicated side event.

Through the Common Position, 14 United Nations agencies in the Region joined forces to prioritize health outcomes and end, by 2030 – as required by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 – the ongoing epidemics of HIV, TB and viral hepatitis in the Region. Focusing on factors that influence the epidemics within and beyond the health sector, the 14 United Nations partners aim to address, through their different mandates, the barriers to sustainable and inclusive development that continue to hamper the elimination of the three inter-related diseases.