Asia Pacific health leaders to meet on COVID-19 and other priority issues at virtual WHO Regional Committee, 6–9 October
Health ministers and senior officials from across the region will meet virtually from 6 to 9 October 2020 for the seventy-first session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific.
The Committee is WHO’s governing body for the Region. It meets annually in October, usually face-to-face. This year will be the first time it meets virtually.
Topics to be addressed include:
vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization
safe and affordable surgery
ageing and health
The Regional Committee meeting will be attended by:
Regional Director Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO country representatives and other staff across the Western Pacific
Ministers of health and senior officials representing countries and areas of the Region
Nongovernmental and other partner organizations.
Media are invited to a virtual press conference at 14:00 Manila time on Tuesday, 6 October 2020 where WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Takeshi Kasai, will give remarks and answer questions on COVID-19 and other agenda items to be addressed by the Regional Committee. He will be joined by Dr Babatunde Olowokure, WHO Regional Emergency Director for the Western Pacific.
As time will be limited, journalists are encouraged to send questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that no visitors are allowed on the WHO campus at this time. Participation in the press conference will be entirely virtual.
Working with 194 Member States across six regions, WHO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for public health. Each WHO region has its own regional committee—a governing body composed of ministers of health and senior officials from the Region’s Member States. Each regional committee meets annually. This year, because of COVID-19, they will meet virtually for the first time.
The 37 countries and areas of the WHO Western Pacific Region: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, France (which has responsibility for French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna), Hong Kong SAR (China), Japan, Kiribati, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Macao SAR (China), Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which has responsibility for Pitcairn Islands), the United States of America (which has responsibility for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam), Vanuatu, and Viet Nam.
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