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Statement delivered by Estonia on behalf of the European Union under agenda item 2b at the WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67th session in Budapest


WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67th session

EU Statement


Agenda item 2(b): Address of the Director-General

Budapest, 12 September 2017


Director General, Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Colleagues

I speak on behalf of the EU and its Member States. DG, it is an honour to have you with us in Budapest. Upon your election we promised to always listen to you, and thus it is a pleasure to see that you in turn have come here to listen to us.

We welcome the drive with which you have assumed office. Truly, you have hit the ground running, and have set about steadfastly working to maintain and strengthen WHO’s role as the global leader on health issues.

In May we called upon you to work on sustainable financing, transparency, priority setting, accountability and alignment across the three levels of the organization. We note with appreciation that these aspects are reflected in the concept note on GPW that you have put forward.

To build upon this promising foundation, we would like to highlight the following.

We underline WHO’s mission as a health organization, with not just disease on the agenda. WHO needs to focus on prevention and promotion, not only on treatment and response.

We emphasize a stronger focus on cross-cutting issues, including human rights, right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and gender.

We voice our support for an extraordinary EB in November, and would like to use that time to discuss the GPW only. In the upcoming meetings on the GPW, however, we would appreciate having a systematic presentation on what will change in relation to the the present work of the organization. On our part, we assure you of our continued constructive participation in the future debates over the GPW.


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