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Eastern partnership Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis and Its Multi- Drug Resistance

 

30-31 March 2015, Latvian National Library, Riga

 

Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis will gather ministers, high level officials from national governments, international and non-governmental organizations.

 

Provisional Agenda: PDF

 

European Commission Statement: WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY 2015: Together we must address the social inequalities that allow Tuberculosis to spread

 

The aim of the Conference is to state the intention to end tuberculosis as a public health challenge in the EU/EEA and Eastern Partnership countries through sustainable response of health systems involving all stakeholders, and to support tuberculosis prevention and control globally.

 

In the European Union (EU) and beyond, Tuberculosis (TB) remains a largely underestimated, but still important health and social challenge for the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. TB transmission knows no borders and anyone can be infected with and develop TB regardless of age, gender, origin or other traits (encl.: Tuberculosis in Europe, by ECDC).

 

The key objectives of the Conference are strengthening the political cooperation on:

 

  • Elimination of TB and multi-drug resistance (MDR-TB) in EU/EEA and EaP countries, i.e., through a sustainable response of health systems;

 

  • Multi-sectoral and cross-regional approaches and strategies in TB prevention and care, with a focus on vulnerable communities and cross-border spread.

 

  • Research and innovation for new tools to fight TB and MDR-TB.

 

To further accelerate necessary actions, TB and MDR-TB require increased political priority with involvement of all stakeholders, including those outside the Ministries of Health. Discussions on strengthening intergovernmental and multisectoral collaboration and social and economical consequences to fight tuberculosis are one of the key objectives of the conference.

 

Therefore, the Conference will convene ministers and high level representatives from the Ministries of Health, Social Affairs and Finance of the European Union, European Economic Area and Eastern Partnership Countries as well as high representatives of the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, representatives of international institutions, and non-governmental organisations, communities and people affected by TB, in order to boost commitment and ultimately favourably impact on TB prevention and care.

 

More detailed information about Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union you can find here: https://eu2015.lv/

 

Conference venue: The National Library of Latvia (NLL) in Riga, also called the Castle of Light (Mūkusalas Street 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia, http://www.lnb.lv/en/nll-new-building).

 

Contacts: RigaTBconference@vm.gov.lv

 


High Level Conference „Healthy lifestyles: nutrition and physical activity for children and young people at schools”

23-24 February 2015, Latvian National Library, Riga

 

Conference materials (presentations and video) available in Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia website

 

 

 

Conference on Healthy Lifestyle will gather high level experts and officials of public health, nutrition, sports and other sectors related to healthy lifestyle promotion.

 

At the European Union (EU) level, diet-related health problems have been identified as one of the common major challenges. One of the important questions to answer is how to improve children's diet and healthy lifestyle and it still has to be widely and publicly discussed.

 

All children deserve an environment that supports the formation of healthy dietary and lifestyle habits that are crucial for optimal growth and long-term wellbeing. However, Europe is facing rising figures of childhood overweight/obesity. Despite actions taken at the European level to reverse the rising trend of overweight and obesity, the proportion of the population with overweight or obesity remains alarmingly high among children and young people.

 

The Latvian Presidency’s Conference „Healthy lifestyle: Nutrition and physical activity for children and young people at schools” which will take place on 23 – 24 February, 2015 in Riga, Latvia will continue activities performed by previous Presidencies - Greece and Italy underlining that nutrition and physical activity are the key health determinants affecting the life expectancy and quality of life and that children are the most important group for targeted actions, as it is crucial to promote good habits from an early age.

 

Therefore the main aim of the Conference is to assess the implementation progress of strategic documents on nutrition and physical activity in the EU and to discuss the future challenges in order to enhance the implementation of the policies striving to reduce childhood obesity and to promote healthy lifestyle. The Conference will be organized by Latvia in partnership with the European Commission (EC).

 

The Conference will focus on topics such as the EU wide policy and legislative initiatives, school meals, enabling school environment, health education, physical activity, modern technologies for children and young people to promote healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyle.

 

During the Conference participants and experts will have the excellent chance to meet 300 stakeholders from all EU member states, EFTA member countries, EU candidate countries, representatives from the WHO, EC, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), national nongovernmental organizations, municipalities and academics.

 

On-line registration prior to the Conference is mandatory for all participants and is available - https://delegation.eu2015.lv/php/login.php. On-line registration for the conference will be open from 22 December 2014 until 8 February 2015.

 

More detailed information about Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union you can find here: https://eu2015.lv/

 

Conference venue - The National Library of Latvia (NLL) in Riga, also called the Castle of Light (Mūkusalas Street 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia; http://www.lnb.lv/en/nll-new-building).

 

Press release

 
International experts meet in Riga to discuss importance of healthy lifestyle for children at schools

 

On 23-24 February an international high-level conference will take place within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, bringing together leading European health experts to discuss the importance of nutrition and physical activity for children and young people at schools.

 

The conference “Healthy lifestyle: nutrition and physical activity for children and young people at schools” will continue activities initiated by the previous presidencies (Greece and Italy) underlining that nutrition and physical activity are the key determinants of health affecting life expectancy and the quality of life in Europe.

 

The aim of the conference is to assess progress in implementing strategic documents on nutrition and physical activity in the European Union Member States. The conference participants will also discuss future challenges in order to enhance the implementation of policies striving to reduce childhood obesity and to promote a healthy lifestyle and environment and choices among children and young people.

 

The conference will be opened by Dr Guntis Belēvičs, the Minister for Health of the Republic of Latvia, Mr John F. Ryan, the Acting Director of the European Commission Public Health Directorate at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, and Dr Gauden Galea, representing the Regional Office for Europe at the World Health Organization. High-level experts in public health, nutrition, sports and other sectors related to healthy lifestyle promotion, as well as representatives from Latvian municipalities, have already confirmed their participation.

 

The conference is organised by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and is co-financed by the European Commission.

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