COPENHAGEN, September 12 /PRNewswire/ --

WHEN: Monday to Thursday, 15-18 September 2008

WHERE: Tbilisi, Georgia; Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel, 20 Telavi St.

WHAT: The WHO European governing body meets in Georgia next week for its annual session. Health officials from the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region will discuss the progress they have made on issues such as governance of health systems, health promotion, chronic diseases, child and adolescent health and the social determinants of health.

A key part of this will be a review of the work done by the WHO Regional Office for Europe during the 2006-2007, to act on its commitment to helping its Member States to reform their health sectors.

Further, the representatives will discuss effective methods in health promotion activities - particularly in mass public health campaigns - and the main obstacles to promoting healthy behaviour among populations. With a panel of experts, they will discuss what really works in such areas as promoting smoking abstinence, weight management, blood pressure control and regular exercise.

Mr Alexander Kvitashvili, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, and Dr Marc Danzon, WHO Regional Director for Europe, will open the session on Monday 15 September at 09.00.

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, will attend the session in Tbilisi. Dr Chan will address the Committee on Tuesday, 16 September, at 09.00.

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, is expected to address the Committee.

Information for journalists:

Registration of journalists will start on Monday, 15 September, from 08:00 at the meeting venue.

On Monday, 15 September, at 12:30, following the official opening of the Regional Committee, a press conference will be held in the press room at the Sheraton Conference Centre (address above).

Dr Marc Danzon, WHO Regional Director for Europe, and Dr Nata Menabde, Deputy Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe, will be available for media interviews, starting on 15 September.

For more information, visit the Regional Office web site ( or contact Ms Liuba Negru, Press and Media Relations Officer, WHO Regional Office for Europe, E-mail: