World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. The day provides an opportunity to start collective action on a single global health challenge and to engage everyone in finding solutions that benefit us all. The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and Health with the theme “Good health adds life to years”.  Join this panel discussion aimed at addressing public health challenges associated with ageing populations and to providing recommendations and strategies to address them. The event will also contribute to the deliberations of the “UN General Assembly open-ended working group on ageing”. The panel briefing will be held Wednesday, 4 April, 2012  from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Speakers will include:

• H.E Mr. Mateo Estreme, Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN “Update on the UN Working group on Ageing”
• Dr. Jacob Kumaresan, Executive Director, WHO Office at the UN “Policy options for healthy ageing”
• Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani, Director, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Ageing, Tufts University. “Nutrition policies for healthy ageing”
• Ms. Jessica Frank Lopez, Chair, United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing “Current advocacy challenges and priorities”
• Ms. Linda I. Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, NYC “Age-friendly cities”

The event will be held in the  ECOSOC Chamber, North Lawn Building at the United Nations Headquarters.  Light refreshments will be served. Interested in attending? RSVP to WHD@whoun.org or to Katherine Morfesis, Tel: (646) 626-6060

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