Media advisory: Third Health Ministers Forum, 13-14 October 2011

Health ministers and high level officials from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Israel will hold their Third Ministerial Forum in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 13-14 October 2011.

The health ministers will consider ways to involve other crucial sectors in reducing death and disease in their countries: the topic of the Forum is “Health in all policies in south-eastern Europe: a shared goal and responsibility.” They have worked closely over the last decade with the WHO/Europe in a formal regional cooperation on public health, the South-Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN).

On Friday, 14 October, the ministers at the Forum are expected to sign the Banja Luka Pledge, which will indicate their commitment to working towards the “Health in all policies” approach.

The Third Health Ministers Forum is being organized by the SEE Health Network Presidency, Executive Committee and the Secretariat, jointly performed by WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Council of Europe in the framework of the Reginald Cooperation Council and in collaboration with Bosnia and Herzegovina, represented by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Republika Srpska.

Invitation to press conference


  • Thursday 13 October 2011: Opening session at 0900 with press conference at 1230
  • Friday 14 October 2011: Signing of the Banja Luka Pledge 1130 - 1230


Government of Republic of Sprska building, Trg Republike Sprska 1, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

You are invited to attend the morning sessions of the Third Health Ministers´ Forum on Thursday, 13 October, 2011, starting at 0900, followed by a press conference at 1230.  There will also be a press conference after the signing of the Banja Luka Pledge on Friday 14 October 2011, from 1130 to 1230. There will be other press opportunities on both days. 

Twitter hashtag will be #seeforum2011 

For more information and registration please contact:

Nataša Aleksić
Služba za odnose s javnošću
Ministarstvo zdravlja i socijalne zaštite Republike Srpske
Adresa Trg Republike Srpske 1, 78000 Banjaluka
Republika Srpska, BiH
Tel: +387 51 339 484
Mobile +387 65 689 266
Dinka Živalj
Regional Cooperation Council
Tel: +387 33 561 710
Mobile: +387 62 341 881

Viv Taylor Gee
Communications Adviser,
Tel: +45 39 17 12 31
Mobile: +45 22 72 36 91