66th session of WHO Regional Committee for Europe

66th session of WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Copenhagen 12-15 September

 

At the 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, representatives from the 53 countries in the WHO European Region debated a set of innovative action plans that affect public health. The plans call for accelerated action and stronger political commitment on refugee and migrant health, women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, noncommunicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, integrated health services and the use of data in public health.

Also high on the agenda was the new WHO Health Emergencies Programme and its implementation in the WHO Regional Office for Europe, as well as the ongoing work on Health 2020, the regional policy framework on health and well-being, and its links to the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its global goals.

Some 300 delegates from Member States in the Region, including a large number of health ministers, attended the Committee.

Day 1 highlights: RC66 opens – health central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

  • Eliminating communicable diseases
  • Technical briefing on aligning the monitoring framework for Health 2020 with the SDGs
  • Report of the Twenty-third SCRC
  • The life-course approach to health and the Minsk Declaration
  • WHO reform: progress and implications for the Region
  • Events prior to the opening of RC66
  • Briefing on the WHO Health Emergencies Programme and accelerating implementation of the IHR
  • Briefing on preparations for the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
  • Briefing for NGOs

 

Day 2 highlights: RC66 adopts European strategy and action plan for refugee and migrant health

  • Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a midterm progress report on Health 2020 implementation
  • Framework for action on integrated health services delivery
  • European strategy and action plan on refugee and migrant health
  • European action plan for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Day 3 highlights: agreement on women’s health strategy and action plans for HIV and viral hepatitis

  • Discussion on WHO/Europe’s work in emergencies
  • Strategy on women’s health and well-being in the WHO European Region
  • Action plan for the health sector response to HIV in the WHO European Region
  • Action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis in the WHO European Region
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