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Jeju, Republic of Korea, to host WHO Regional Committee session

Fifty-eighth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, 10-14 September 2007, Jeju, Republic of Korea

The fifty-eighth session of the World Health Organization's Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, WHO's governing body in the Region, will be held in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 10 to 14 September 2007.

On the agenda will be key Asia-Pacific health issues such as the threat of avian influenza to previously unaffected areas; the new International Health Regulations (2005), governing the response to global health crises; progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which seek to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women; the creation of People at the Centre of Health Initiative, which seeks to make health care systems more holistic and people-centred; and innovation and intellectual property rights. The meeting will also cover progress of countries and areas with regard to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, noncommunicable diseases, tobacco control and mental health, as well as traditional medicine.

Journalists are invited to cover the session of the WHO Regional Committee to be held at the International Convention Center, Jeju Province, Republic of Korea.

Registration can be arranged through Marilu Lingad at .

Important note: To attend the Regional Committee sessions and news events, journalists will need to register on site at http://www.wpro.who.int/rcm/register.aspx to obtain their security passes. The press room is located at the Samda Hall A, third floor, International Convention Center.

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A press conference will also be held in connection with agenda items (below) at 11:30 a.m. Monday, 10 September 2007 at the Samda Hall A. The panel will consist of Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General; Dr Shigeru Omi, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific and Dr Byun, Jaejin, Minister of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea.

To view provisional agenda



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