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Speech by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization, to the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific

Manila, Philippines 
10 to 14 October 2011

This century began with the Millennium Development Goals and the elevated place they gave to health as part of the drive to reduce poverty and human misery.

Great progress has been made in broad-based efforts that also gave us many innovations, from new funding agencies and financial instruments to public-private partnerships to develop new products for diseases of the poor.

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Opening speech of Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, to the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific

Manila, Philippines
10 to 14 October 2011

Welcome to the sixty-second session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific — the first session of our governing body to be held in our newly renovated Conference Hall.

We had planned to meet in Manila last year. But the typhoon that swept through the Philippines in September 2009 caused extensive damage to this Conference Hall and to other facilities at the Regional Office.

Knowing that repairs would take time, the Government of Malaysia graciously offered to host last year's session in Putrajaya. On behalf of WHO and all of our Member States, I wish to once again thank Malaysia for hosting a successful meeting.

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