Friday, 23 May 2008

Health Minister in Geneva

May 22: The Health Minister Lyonpo Zangley Dukpa is leading a six member delegation consisting of officials from the Permanent Mission in Geneva and Ministry of Health to the 61st World Health Assembly from May 19 to May 24
193 member countries are attending the World Health Assembly.

The Director General of the World Health Organization said food security, devastating impacts of climate change and threat of pandemics such as the Avian Flu could setback the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Lyonpo Zangley Dukpa in his address reported that Bhutan was well on track to achieving the MDG targets by 2015. He also highlighted the need for enhanced support from WHO and the international communities to overcome challenges that threaten to delay timely achievement of MDG.

On the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, the Health Minister held bilateral meetings with Norway, Thailand, South Korea, and India.

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