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Pacific Health Summit

Date: 16-18 June 2008
Place: Seattle, USA

The goal of the Pacific Health Summit is to connect science and policy for a healthier world. Every June, high-level decision-makers in science, policy, industry, medicine, and public health are invited to discuss how to ensure a healthier future by effectively using scientific advances in combination with appropriate policies. This year's theme is "the global nutrition challenge".

At this year's meeting, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan will present a key-note speech on this subject. Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Dr Ala Alwan will also participate.

The summit will focus on the following two major issues:

  • the complex challenge of too little of the right nutrition for vulnerable populations;
  • the rapidly emerging threat of too much of the wrong nutrition in both developed and developing world.

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