Putin to attend WHO ministerial conference

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will on Thursday attend the World Health Organization’s first global ministerial conference on healthy lifestyles and non-communicable disease (NCD) control, the government press service reported.

The two-day conference that kicks off in Moscow on Thursday will gather delegations from 160 WHO member countries, including 89 health ministers from the United States, Germany, India, Belgium, vMexico and other countries, as well as representatives of international organizations and medical scientists.

“Russian Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova and WHO Director General Margaret Chan will deliver reports at the conference,” the Russian government said.

“The conference is a key milestone in the international campaign to curb the impacts of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic lung diseases,” the WHO said on its website.

Its aim is to support the efforts to “develop and strengthen policies and programs on healthy lifestyles and NCD prevention.”

The WHO said the conference is also being held “in the lead-up to the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases,” due September 19-20.

MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti)

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