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71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

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Health ministers, heads of state and government, and other dignitaries, meet virtually to address key pan-European Region health challenges

Ministers of health and representatives from 53 countries across the WHO European Region will meet virtually for the 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, on 13–15 September 2021.

The Regional Committee is WHO/Europe’s decision-making body and the gathering is the premier meeting on public health in the Region, convening health ministers once a year to discuss and endorse regional policies, activities and financial plans to improve people’s health and well-being.

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe will be joined at this annual flagship event by other high-level participants and guests including, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General; HE Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of France; HRH the Crown Princess of Denmark; HE Mr Sadyr Japarov, President of Kyrgyzstan; Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the United States President; as well as representatives of United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations and other development partners.

One year since the European Programme of Work 2020–2025 (EPW) – “United Action for Better Health in Europe” was endorsed by Member States, delegates will discuss progress on key health priorities where action is needed to meet the health needs and expectations of the Region’s 900 million plus citizens.

Specific issues for discussion and agreement are: lessons learned from COVID-19; scaling up COVID-19 vaccination campaigns; preparing for the next pandemic; reinventing primary health care; investing in mental health and social care; setting the immunization agenda for 2030; scaling up action on climate change and health; bolstering uptake of digital health; and sustainable financing of WHO.


71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


13–15 September 2021


Live streamed on the WHO/Europe website

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Highlights (all times in CEST)

13 September 2021

09:00–11:00 Opening remarks by HRH the Crown Princess of Denmark, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

14:00–15:30 Lessons learned from COVID-19: getting ready for the next pandemic, with introduction by Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the United States President

16:00–17:00 Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development presents its recommendations, led by former Italian Prime Minister, Professor Mario Monti

14 September 2021

09:00–10:30 Reinventing primary health care in the post-COVID-19 era

13:30–15:00 Mental Health Coalition: building an economy of well-being

Press contacts

Bhanu Bhatnagar, Press & Media Relations Officer: bbhatnagar@who.int
WHO/Europe Press Office: eupress@who.int

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