Why was the "WHO European Conference on the New European Policy for Health - Health 2020" organized to be held in Jerusalem?

Online Q&A
30 November 2011

Q: Why was the "WHO European Conference on the New European Policy for Health - Health 2020" organized to be held in Jerusalem?

A: WHO appreciates the concerns expressed by several countries and NGOs regarding the decision of the WHO European Regional Office to hold a "WHO European Conference on the New European Policy for Health - Health 2020" in Jerusalem on 28-29 November 2011.

The Director-General has discussed this issue with the parties concerned, and worked closely with the Regional Director to find a suitable alternative location for the meeting.

The Director-General affirms that WHO will align itself with the UN position and practice of not holding meetings in Jerusalem.

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