“Kobe/Hyogo Youth Meeting the World”
- Commemorating the 2016 G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting held in Kobe

The WHO Kobe Centre and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Council are organizing a large meeting of Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture High School students exploring global health: “Kobe/Hyogo Youth Meeting the World” at the Kobe International Exhibition Hall on February 11, 2017. This event commemorates the 2016 G7 Health Ministers’ meeting held in Kobe.

During the full-day programme, about 500 high school students in Hyogo-Kobe will experience a wide variety of learning opportunities in order to be effective ambassadors and international citizens.

1.17- Kobe reminds us again of the importance of disaster preparedness

WHO Kobe Centre

On January 17, the local and international community commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in 1995. Kobe/Hyogo demonstrated to the world how to recover and rebuild with vitality after a disaster using the concept of “creative reconstruction”.

The WKC Director, Alex Ross, attended the ceremony representing WHO paying respect. WKC was established in 1995 as one of the symbols of Kobe/Hyogo’s creative reconstruction. Mr Ross noted “The efforts of Kobe and Hyogo constantly remind us of the need to be prepared for disasters and emergencies, and the essential role of engaging communities.”

WHO's Year in Review for 2016

Collage of six photos: woman with lymphatic filariasis, child with yellow fever vaccination card, young boy with leprosy medication, a baby having her head measures due to microcephaly, a health worker receiving package in Syria, and a nurse smiling

2016 has been a turbulent year, in which WHO has tackled disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises and championed efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance and move towards universal health coverage. It has helped countries eliminate infectious diseases and implement programmes to beat cancer, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases.

It was also a special year for Japan and its leadership on global health, and for WKC. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit and Vision for Global Health; the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Kobe; and the sixth TICAD meeting in Africa all provided momentum for UHC, for paying special attention to the needs of ageing populations, and for ensuring global health security. WKC launched its new 10 year strategy (2016-2026), major new research, and organized key WHO-MHLW side meetings to the G7 Health Ministers meeting and for the G7 Summit preparation.

Dr Halfdan T. Mahler, WHO’s third Director-General, dies at 93

Dr Halfdan, smiling in his office

WHO is saddened by the death of Dr Halfdan T. Mahler on 14 December 2016. Dr Mahler served as Director-General of WHO from 1973-1988.

As WHO's third Director-General, Dr Mahler will be remembered as a champion for primary care. He played a key leadership role shaping the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration that defined the Health for All by the Year 2000 strategy. Even after retiring from WHO in 1988, Dr Mahler cheered the Organization’s progress as it expanded its work in primary care. He will be deeply missed by the global health community.

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World Health Day 2017

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