16 February 2018

World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

Geneva, 16 February 2018 - WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung [...]

8 February 2018

Sixty five cities commit to health and well-being as drivers of urban development: two out of three people in the WHO European Region live in urban environments

Copenhagen, 8 February 2018 - Thirty seven mayors will be attending the Summit of Mayors, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe at UN City, Copenhagen on 12–13 February, alongside a further 80 high-ranking politicians, advisers and other civic representatives from all over the world. Almost 125 million people from Paraguay [...]

8 February 2018

WHO provides health advice for travellers to 2018 Winter Olympics

8 February 2018 - The XXIII Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games take place in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, on 9–25 February and 9–18 March respectively. Tens of thousands of people from around the world are expected to attend this international sporting event. Knowing and preventing health risks is essential to staying safe and healthy [...]

2 February 2018

Raising awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer

2 February 2018 - The WHO European Region has the highest level of alcohol consumption in the world. However, the level of awareness of the link between alcohol consumption and increased risk of cancer remains low. World Cancer Day on 4 February 2018 is an opportunity to reinforce the important message that alcohol use is [...]

29 January 2018

Mayors unite in Copenhagen for a future of healthy cities

29 January 2018 - More than 30 mayors will be attending WHO/Europe’s Summit of Mayors on 12–13 February 2018 at UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark, alongside a further 60 high-ranking politicians, advisors and other civic representatives. Together they represent almost 46 million people, from Paraguay to the Russian Federation. WHO/Europe is bringing these participants [...]

25 January 2018

Cross-sectoral toolkit to guide Member States along SDG roadmap

25 January 2018 - A technical meeting successfully advanced the development of a toolkit for Member States that will guide activities towards achieving health, equity and well-being for all at all ages within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2-day meeting took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 18–19 January 2018. European [...]

19 January 2018

New WHO Country Office to open in Greece

19 January 2018 - Dr Ioannis Baskozos, Secretary General of Public Health in Greece, and Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, signed off on the final details to open a WHO country office in Greece. This amendment to the host agreement, signed in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 January 2018, will elevate collaboration between [...]

15 January 2018

The year ahead: key milestones and events for the WHO European Region in 2018

The coming year promises to be a busy and exciting one in the WHO European Region. WHO/Europe will continue its focus on implementing the Health 2020 policy framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as building momentum towards universal health coverage. Efforts related to these overarching frameworks will showcase country work and country-level [...]

10 January 2018

UN Environment and WHO agree to major collaboration on environmental health risks

Nairobi, 10 January 2018 - UN Environment and WHO have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. Today in Nairobi, Mr Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, signed an agreement to step [...]