WHO Ministerial Conference

11061252_800145466705814_9165500296304160159_nDementia is indeed a public health priority, and I am proud to have been invited to attend the first WHO Ministerial Conference in Geneva next week on 16 and 17 March 2015.

It is an honour to have been invited to present in a key note session on the morning of Day 2 on the issues important to people with dementia, representing Dementia Alliance International.

WHO will be hosting this first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia, and Ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities, have been invited to come together in Geneva for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by dementia.

I believe it will be the first time a person with dementia has been invited to such an event, breaking the usual ‘about us without us’ mould.

The conference is supported by the Department of Health of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Both days will be webcast. The final session of Day 1 is a panel discussion titled People’s Perspectives, that I hope to be involved in as well, and I will publish more details here as I know of them. Once the final agenda is up on the WHO website, I will add it here as well.

At the end of Day 1, I am also giving a short 3 minute presentation on Dementia Alliance International and why the effort to collaborate globally between different NGO’s is key to moving the dementia issue to the front burner. Wish me luck!

The full meeting will be webcast, and the link will be available here soon.

30 thoughts on “WHO Ministerial Conference

  1. You won’t need luck, good woman! It’s like breathing to you.
    If you can weld together a global alliance of NGOs then that would be a HUGE step to safeguarding access to services in the face of increasing globalisation by corporations for speculative profit.
    Fingers and toes crossed for the next week at least… xx


  2. Wow!!! Congratulations Kate, the world is finally listening to people living with dementia! I am very excited for you and send you a lot of positive thoughts… xoxo eloisa


    • Yes, it is almost a #woopdedoodle moment Eloisa… see you Italy and we will celebrate properly! {Perhaps I could talk to a group in your country, to get people with dementia to think about self advocacy? xox


      • Hi Kate, this is indeed a great idea… and I am very honored! Let me think about it and I’ll get back to you asap. Meanwhile, could you please send me the exact days when you’re planning to come to Italy in June? xoxo. eloisa p.s. Enjoy Geneva!!!


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