Tackling Childhood Obesity at the United Nations General Assembly

Illustrating successes and challenges in tackling childhood obesity at the United Nations General Assembly


At the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, WHO and Portugal held an event on the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) that explored how better data could drive better policies.

The objectives of this event, held on 26 September 2018 in New York, United States of America, were to highlight success stories and provide practical examples of country action. It featured a number of distinguished invited speakers, including WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Dr Svetlana Axelrod, and senior representatives of health ministries from Italy, Portugal and the Russian Federation.

Dr Adalberto Campos Fernandes, Minister of Health of Portugal, and Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course at WHO/Europe, were co-chairs.

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