On 03 and 04 April 2017 the ministers of the nine countries members of the SEE Health Network will gather at their Fourth SEE Health Ministerial Forum in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova. The Forum is co-organized by H.E: Ms. Ruxanda Glavan, President of the SEEHN, Minister of Health, Republic of Moldova and Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

The Fourth Forum is the next cornerstone of regional cooperation for public health and well-being in SEE. The  event seeks to further discuss the political and technical collaboration and the way forward for a closer partnership.

The Fourth Forum, under the theme “Health, well-being and prosperity in SEE by 2030 in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN”, follows 15 years of SEE cooperation (2001-2016), streamlined towards the global and European efforts for achieving improved health, equity and accountability in health, building on major European
resolutions, charters, communiqués, treaties, frameworks and action plans, as well as the new European policy framework for health and well-being, Health 2020.

In continuation of efforts to implement the principles, priority areas and actions of the European policy for health and well-being, Health 2020, and the SEE 2020 strategy, the main purpose of the Forum is to introduce joint subregional and national actions in the SEE region for implementing and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), with the objective of better health, equity and accountability.

The Forum will bring together high-level representatives of governments in the SEE region and beyond in order to share best practices and identify common challenges, including by the SEE National Health Coordinators, Directors of the SEE Regional Health Development Centres (SEE RHDC) and all partners to the network.

The topics for discussion include the status and challenges of noncommunicable diseases, universal health services, cross-border public health, emergencies and migration, as well as joint efforts to address issues related to the socioeconomic determinants of health.

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