Accelerating health progress in Europe: new agreement


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Parliament and Commission have committed to working together to drive progress on health in the region. 

Earlier this week, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker where they discussed cooperation between the Commission and WHO, particularly in the fields of antimicrobial resistance, strengthening health systems, and preparing for outbreaks of diseases in developing countries. 

Both leaders agreed to jointly organise a Global Vaccination Summit, building on initiatives to increase vaccination and improve vaccination confidence in the European Union.

President Juncker also confirmed the support of the European Commission to the Global Action Plan on Health and Well Being to accelerate progress in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Dr Tedros also met with senior representatives from the European Parliament who signed a joint statement and agreed to work together to accelerate progress toward achieving health-related SDGs. 

"The new Joint Statement between the WHO and the European Parliament will provide a great opportunity for future collaboration," Dr Tedros said.