WHO EURO 2014: Statement on Health 2020

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World Health Organization
 64th Session of the Regional Committee for Europe
 September 15th - September 18th 2014 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Statement of International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations on Agenda Item 5a: First report of the Implementation of Health 2020 Honorable chair and distinguished delegates, I speak on behalf of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations representing a network of 1.3 million medical students and future health professionals in more than 117 countries. The IFMSA welcomes the report of the progress made in implementing Health2020. It is an important milestone in the history of the European Region of WHO and a step to maintain and extend Universal Health Coverage. As mentioned in the report, keys to the success of Health2020 will be close collaboration of WHO and member states with partners as well as capacity building through a whole-society approach. IFMSA therefore calls upon WHO and member states to actively include young people in the implementation and dissemination of the framework. Young people and especially medical students throughout the region are involved in health projects aligned to the goals of the Health 2020 policy framework. These projects and medical education represent opportunities and possible areas of collaboration among member states and medical students in fostering Health2020. The use of Health partnerships will demonstrate inclusiveness. They will also enable young people greater access to take action and an opportunity to put forward their perspectives. As IFMSA we remain committed to extending and strengthening the Health 2020 strategy. Thank you for your attention. Contact
 Alberto Silva
 IFMSA Regional Coordinator for Europe
 rceurope@ifmsa.org | www.ifmsa.org

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