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Director-General leads WHO delegation to the Belt and Road Forum for Health Cooperation

Note for the media
15 August 2017

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will lead WHO’s delegation to the Belt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation: Towards a Health Silk Road to be held in Beijing, 18–19 August 2017, as part of his first official visit to the People’s Republic of China since taking office on 1 July 2017.

Dr Tedros’ visit is to establish a new vision for WHO-China strategic partnership for the next 5–7 years. He will meet with high level leadership in the State Council; National Health and Family Planning Commission; Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce; and the Government of China. Topics to be discussed during their meetings will include how best to utilize the Belt and Road initiative to keep people safe, how to advance universal health coverage in the countries included in the initiative, and to discuss more broadly the role of China in global health.

Dr Tedros will be a keynote speaker in the opening of the Belt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation on 18 August and will address health leaders, faculty, and students at Peking University on 19 August during a dialogue on South-to-South collaboration. He will also engage Chinese youth during A Conversation With Dr Tedros: The Next Generation Speaks on 17 August about the power China’s future leaders have to protect their own health and promote the wellbeing of others.

Other members of the WHO delegation who will address the Belt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation include:

  • Dr Francesco Branca, WHO Director of Nutrition for Health and Development, speaking at the Session on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition on 18 August;
  • Dr Edward Kelley, WHO Director of Service Delivery and Safety, speaking at the Session on Hospital Cooperation on 18 August;
  • Dr Lance Rodewald, Team Lead Vaccines, WHO China Office, to speak at the Roundtable on Vaccines, on 19 August;
  • Dr Michael Ward, WHO Coordinator of Regulatory Systems Strengthening, speaking at the Roundtable on Accreditation for Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, on 19 August.

For more information, please contact:

Paige Snider
Senior Advisor
External Relations & Communications
World Health Organization | People’s Republic of China | Beijing, China
Telephone: +86 10 6532 7190, extension 81262

Gregory Härtl
WHO Spokesperson
Coordinator, WHO News, Social Media and Monitoring
Geneva, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 791 4458
Mobile: +41 79 203 6715