Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, partner organizations and civil society, will take part in the sixty-fifth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September 2015.
The 4-day programme also includes progress reports on preventing and combating multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals, the European Environment and Health Process, behaviour change strategies, the role of health systems and implementing the International Health Regulations (2005).
Caroline Costongs - EurohealthNet's Managing Director - will attend the meeting and will state the declaration produced by EuroHealthNet.
Promoting health equity through a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach standsat the heart of what we do at EuroHealthNet. EuroHealthNet extensive partnerships consist of (sub) national public health and health promotion authorities as well as of research institutes and strategic partners from other sectors. Many of EuroHealthNet members are involved in developing and implementing HiAP in their own countries or regions. We welcome the initiative to strengthen intersectoral action at a higher policy-level, supported by strong leadership from health ministries. A whole-of-government,-in fact a whole-of-society-, approach is needed to take efficient action on the determinants of health.We would like to make three comments on the proposed approach: