14 September 2017

Sixty-Seventh Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Budapest, Hungary, 12 September 2017 WHO Director-General Dr Tedros' remarks at the Sixty-Seventh Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. Your Excellency Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, Excellencies, honourable ministers, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome His Excellency Prime Minister Tsipras [...]

31 August 2017

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General receives the new Danida Alumni Prize

The Danida Alumni Prize is a newly inaugurated prize to be awarded annually to an alum who has made a significant contribution to positive change in his or her home country or professional field based on his or her studies in Denmark. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was a Danida fellow in 1988 at [...]

24 August 2017

Report shows progress towards Health 2020 targets

Copenhagen, 24 August 2017 - A new report shows an overall improvement in the implementation of Health 2020 values and principles in the countries of the WHO European Region. Between 2010 and 2016, the share of responding countries that had policies addressing inequalities increased from 88% to 98%. Those that aligned national policies with [...]

1 August 2017

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

Geneva/New York, 1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, found that [...]

26 July 2017

Statement by heads of UNICEF, WFP and WHO following visit to Yemen

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen. Aden/San'a, 26 July 2017 – As the heads of three United Nations agencies – UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) – we have travelled [...]

1 July 2017

Dr Tedros takes office as WHO Director-General

Geneva, 1 July 2017 - Today, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes office as Director-General of the World Health Organization, succeeding Dr Margaret Chan, who has held office since 1 January 2007. The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization's international health work. Dr Tedros was elected on [...]

9 June 2017

Global Health Histories: Information for health – “A world that counts?”

In today’s world, an enormous amount of information about our life (and death) is being recorded as data. We are surrounded by numbers, from statistics on well-being and quality of life to epidemiological data that can help fight disease and even predict epidemics. In fact, a recent United Nations report about mobilizing the data [...]

30 May 2017

World No Tobacco Day: tobacco threatens us all

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease globally, but tobacco threatens more than people’s health and well-being. It also poses a significant threat to economic well-being and, more broadly, to the sustainable development of countries in the WHO European Region and throughout the world. Strong, comprehensive measures to control [...]