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In first, Israel to host WHO conference of European health officials

Three-day meeting in Tel Aviv to be attended by representatives from nations in UN health agency’s Europe region

This photograph taken on December 7, 2021, shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
This photograph taken on December 7, 2021, shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

In a first, Israel next week will host a World Health Organization conference for European ministers and top health officials, the Health Ministry announced Thursday.

The meeting will be held September 12-14. According to the WHO, it will be attended by representatives from the 53 countries in the UN health agency’s European region.

The Health Ministry said the conference will feature deliberations on a joint plan for improving health in Europe and include sessions on public health, health crises and improving regional cooperation on health, among other issues.

Health Ministry Nitzan Horowitz said the scheduled attendance of his counterparts and the European delegations was “really important to the country and our health system.”

“The policies we have implemented in the last year and the performance of the Israeli health system in the fight against the coronavirus really stood out on the world stage,” Horowitz said in a statement. “The WHO conference in Israel is an opportunity to continue to strengthen our ties with the world, with the World Health Organization and with European countries.”

According to the Health Ministry, Horowitz will sign bilateral cooperation deals on health with officials from Germany, Croatia, Cyprus and Kazakhstan during the meeting.

The conference will be the first full in-person event to include officials from the region since COVID-19, the WHO said.

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