63rd Regional Committee of WHO Europe, September 16-19, 2013 in Izmir Turkey
The 63rd Regional Committee took place in Izmir, Turkey and was attended by delegations of the 51 Member States, representatives of UN agencies, a number NGOs in official relations with WHO, and experts and observers that took interest in the meeting. Besides the regular agenda topics, the progress on the Health 2020 Policy Framework was presented, accompanied by the presentation and adoption of the 20 Core Indicators for Health 2020 implementation, which opens the possibility for the more active involvement of the civil society in monitoring of the progress in the health and wellbeing of citizens and communities in the European region.
Ms. Neda Milevska Kostova, Executive director of Studiorum, attended the meeting on behalf of International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), to which Studiorum is a member organization, together with Ms. Jolanta Bilinska, IAPO Secretary.
Two written statements were presented on behalf of IAPO, that were distributed to all delegates, and intervening on the agenda items that were related to the non-communicable diseases and on the universal health coverage. The two statements are posted on and can be downloaded from the WHO Regional Committee webpage.
In her address, the Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab has stated that significant progress has been made in addressing health inequities, but that further efforts are needed, for which the support of the governments is crucial, as is the involvement and engagement of the whole society.