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Crown Princess Mary to address WHO/Europe’s annual meeting of ministers

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will give a speech before ministers and high-level delegates at the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe on 17 September 2018, in her capacity as WHO/Europe Patron.

Crown Princess Mary became Patron of WHO/Europe in 2005 and has attended the annual governance meeting for the past eight years. She is an active advocate for WHO’s work in areas such as maternal, child and adolescent health, as well as for health promotion and disease prevention in areas including immunization and antimicrobial resistance.

On the World Health Organisation website Crown Princess Mary said: “Health is our most precious possession and its protection and promotion is fundamental to the health and well-being of our societies. As Patron of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, my role is to advocate for and raise awareness of health and health-related issues”

The 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe will take place in Rome, Italy from 17-20 September and will explore key topics such as new strategies on men’s health, implementing the roadmap for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, financial protection in the Region, an action plan to improve public health preparedness and response and ways to realise the full potential of the European Vaccine Action Plan.

The meeting will also act as the official launchpad for the European health report 2018, which will provide a snapshot on the progress being made to improve health and well-being in the region, alongside an overview of the remaining challenges to be faced.

The Crown Princess’s address will be webcast live and the meeting’s progress can be followed on social media at #RC68Rome

The WHO is the authority responsible for public health within the United Nations system. The WHO/Europe is one of WHO’s six regional offices worldwide and it serves the WHO European Region which comprises 53 countries covering the geographical region from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.

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