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Princess Lalla Salma takes part in WHO Global Conference

Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco took part in the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) earlier this week in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The Princess is a Goodwill Ambassador for WHO and took part in the conference due to this role and her role as the Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

The wife of King Mohammed VI of Morocco was greeted by the President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vazquez, upon her arrival at the headquarters of Mercosur which hosted the conference.

Her Royal Highness then took part in the high-level panel with the theme “Transforming our world: high political motivations.” Both the President of Uruguay and President Michelle Bachelet of Chile gave speeches during this panel discussion. During the meeting, the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs was adopted, as well.

The Moroccan Royal Court stated that the meeting was “sanctioned by the adoption of the roadmap and the Montevideo declaration on noncommunicable diseases 2018-2030.”

At the conclusion of the meeting on Wednesday, the Princess posed for a photo alongside the other participants.

The World Health Organization Global Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases began on 18 October and will conclude today.

Princess Lalla Salma was also commended by WHO for her role in making the cancer fight in Morocco a priority. The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, “Regarding the efforts in the region, I would like to mention the action of HRH Princess Lalla Salma and the program of fighting against cancer that Her Royal Highness is leading in her country.

“I would like to thank HRH Princess Lalla Salma and Morocco for their commitment.”

Just last week, it was announced that her namesake foundation, The Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, will be establishing four new centres in sub-Saharan Africa countries: Burkina Faso, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad.

This will be part of a pilot project which will be launched in Dakar next November. The project is being developed in coordination with the International Center for Research on Cancer – a centre affiliated with WHO.

Additionally, on Wednesday evening in Montevideo, the Princess attended a dinner hosted by the President of Uruguay for the participants in the conference.

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