Press invitation from WHO/Europe

Come to Baku, Azerbaijan in September, where the 53 countries in the WHO European Region will meet to decide health policy for the future, and how to beat diseases that kill people now.

The sixty-first session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, WHO’s governing body for the Region, will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan on 12–15 September 2011.

Health ministers and high-level policy-makers from the 53 Member States in the Region, from Iceland and Ireland to Israel and Uzbekistan, will be joined by representatives of partner organizations and civil society.

This is a unique opportunity to meet the European health community as it makes decisions, and to report from a country that very few journalists cover.

This year, an exceptionally strong raft of policies is on the table, dominated by WHO/Europe’s new European policy for health and well-being, Health 2020, which stresses equity, public health and an all-of-government approach.

A press conference about these policies will take place on Friday, 9 September in Baku.

WHO/Europe has developed strategies and action plans to prevent and tackle the main killer diseases in the Region, in consultation with experts and policy-makers and using the latest research. They address noncommunicable diseases (such as cancer and heart disease), alcohol, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance and HIV/AIDS.

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