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Crown Princess Mary opens WHO Conference

Yesterday, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has opened the World Health Organisation’s “Global Dialogue on Partnership for Sustainable Financing of Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control” in central Copenhagen.

Crown Princess Mary was welcomed by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs and Dr Svetlana Akselrod from the World Health Organisation as she arrived at the conference earlier today.

Crown Princess Mary, who has been working for the WHO’s regional office in Europe since 2005, officially opened the dialogue through a speech. After the opening, the Crown Princess met with a number of young people who took part in the Youth Lab Meeting.

The aim of the dialogue is to create partnerships for the financing of noncommunicable diseases. Each year 40 million people die of NCDs. The new conference is a collaboration between the World Health Organisation and the Danish government in preparation for the third High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the financing of NCDs. The conference is supported by the World Diabetes Foundation, World Economic Forum, NCD Alliance, IFPMA and other non-state partners.

The conference is taking place from 9-11 April 2018 in the Tivoli Congress Centre in Copenhagen. Some 300 participants are present during the three-day conference.

Crown Princess Mary is the patron of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The Regional Office coordinates international efforts with the aim to improve health and living standards. Its primary task is to strengthen national and local health systems and to promote the health of the region’s peoples, in cooperation with governments, NGOs and other partners. The headquarters of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Only a couple of days ago, Crown Princess Mary was in Paris to attend the opening of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Development. The forum this year focused on “Empowerment of Women and Youth”.

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