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Evelin Ilves to participate in the annual conference of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


Evelin Ilves, who was named as a spokesperson on non-communicable diseases by the European headquarters of WHO this February, will take part in the WHO regional annual conference in Copenhagen.

In the course of the conference, Evelin Ilves will meet with Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Danish Minister of Health Nick Hækkerup and WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab.

She will also speak at the WHO annual regional conference for Europe, which runs until Thursday, focusing on the eating habits of children and emphasising the importance of healthy school lunches.

In early December last year, Evelin Ilves gave one of the opening presentations at WHO's European Ministerial Conference on the Prevention and Control Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020 in Turkmenistan. Then, the representatives of 53 member states focused on three key issues in Ashgabat - the links between non-communicable diseases and economic development, ending tobacco consumption in Europe and employing health care systems more efficiently in preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases.

Noncommunicable diseases include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, malignant tumours and chronic respiratory diseases and injuries that are closely linked to unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, smoking and abuse of alcohol.

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