Friday, November 22, 2013

Forthcoming event: 32nd Plenary meeting of the South-eastern Europe Health Network, 27-28 November 2013, Presidency of Montenegro

We are just less than a week before the 32nd Plenary of the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) starts its wok in Podgorica, Montenegro under the Presidency of the Minister of Health, Professor Miodrag Radunovic.

This event will be attended by the national health coordinators of the Member States to the SEEHN, the partner countries and partner international organizations, directors of the SEEHN Regional Health Development Centers (RHDC) and the Ambassadors of the SEEHN Member States accredited to Montenegro.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the SEEHN major developments, activities and challenges during the term of the Montenegro Presidency (SEEHN Presidency report June - December, 2013). During the Plenary the SEEHN partnerships in public health will be further expanded by signing Memoranda of Cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Association of Neurosurgeons in the SEE and the SEE Occupational Health  Medicine Association.

In follow up to the commitments of the SEE Ministers of Health as stipulated in their Banja Luka Pledge, endorsed during their Third Ministerial Forum in 2011, as well as based on the current developments in the SEE Regional Cooperation Process related to the SEE 2020 Growth Strategy, the 32nd Plenary will deal with two important strategic issues:
·       Discussing and approving the health chapter, objectives, measures and health indicators that will be an undisputable and inseparable part of the Inclusive Growth pillar of the SEE 2020 Growth Strategy. This is on one side a unique development in public health in the SEE region to implement and contribute as a network of 10 countries to the WHO Europe Health 2020 Policy and European Action Plan on Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services. On the other side, the recognition of health as a contributor to growth, economic development and employment under the Regional Cooperation Process will bring new opportunities to the SEEHN Member States to improve further the health of their populations and to deal with the social determinants of health and inequities in the region, between and within the 10 countries;

·        Providing an overview on the regional efforts and cooperation in accelerating national action to reduce the burden of NCDs as a way of enhancing human, social and economic development across the whole of government and whole of society as well as in post-2015 development goals;

Additionally, the Plenary will discuss and take important decisions on the following both technical and business issues of major priority:

·        Outcome of the EC/TAIEX Workshop on Reduction of Excessive Salt Intake in the SEE, 25-26 November 2013, Podgorica, and will approve a Decision for concerted actions of the SEEHN Member States to that effect;
·         SEEHN Strategy and Action Plan for the cooperation with the EC/TAIEX in 2014;
·         Decision on the Procedures of  the Regional Health Development Centers (RHDCs) of the  SEEHN;
·         Activities, achievements, challenges and future actions of the RHDC ;
·         SEEHN Secretariat Programme, Administrative and Financial Issues and ongoing activities:
  1. Country contributions for the years 2013 and 2014;
  2. Post descriptions for the permanent staff of the Secretariat;
  3. SEEHN Secretariat financial report;
  4. SEEHN Secretariat financial plan, and
  5. Road Map for the SEEHN activities and the SEEHN Calendar of Events in 2014 under the Romanian Presidency of the SEEHN (01 January – 30 June 2014).

Finally, during the 32nd Plenary Meeting of the SEE Health Network the Council of Europe, a founding partner to the SEEHN since the onset in 2001, will launch the report of a study on health as a human right and the important issue of health literacy of the citizens of the region.
The Presidency and the Executive Committee of the SEE Health Network


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