High Level Conference on Global Health Security, Lyon - EU monitor

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Lyon, Frankrijk. De Cathedral St-Jean, de Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere, en de Tour métallique de Fourvière.
date March 22, 2016 - March 23, 2016
city Lyon, France
location Lyon, France Show location
attending F.G.G. (François) Hollande i, V.P. (Vytenis) Andriukaitis i et al.
organisation European Commission (EC) i, Council of the European Union (Council) i

22-23 March 2016 (Lyon, France)


The French Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights and the European Commission organise a High Level Conference on Global Health Security on 22/23 March 2016 in Lyon, France. The event is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization and The Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The main objective of this conference is to encourage the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005), adopted by the World health Assembly in 2005.

To see the provisional conference agenda, click here(240 KB). Conference updates will soon be available.

Conference in practice

The conference is by invitation only and will bring together key players at international level. Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, have already confirmed their attendance, and the presence of the French President François Hollande is expected at the Closing session.

The conference aims at providing recommendations for consideration by the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016. It will also promote initiatives and innovative tools addressing the challenges of the effective implementation of the IHR.

The first day of the Conference will be dedicated to assessing and building countries' capacities and cooperation while the second day of the Conference will be dedicated to the strengthening of health systems and cross sectorial commitment.


European Commission (EC)

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The European Commission is the sole EU body capable of proposing new legislation. The Commission also performs an oversight function, monitoring whether European legislation is properly implemented in the member states. In the event of non-compliance, the Commission can coerce a member state to comply by starting a legal procedure at the European Court of Justice.


Council of the European Union (Council)

In the Council, government ministers from each EU country meet to discuss, amend and adopt laws, and coordinate policies. The ministers have the authority to commit their governments to the actions agreed on in the meetings.

Together with the European Parliament , the Council is the main decision-making body of the EU.

Not to be confused with:

  • European Council - quarterly summits, where EU leaders meet to set the broad direction of EU policy making


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