Roza Otunbayeva became a member of the WHO Pan-European Commission

August 28, 2020, 08:59

On August 26,former president and founder of the “Roza Otunbayeva Initiative” International Public Foundation Roza Otunbayeva took part in the First Meeting of the Pan-European Commission on “Health and Sustainable Development” in the online format.


The meeting discussed such important goals as:

1. Rethinking policy priorities: health that drives the economy, social and environmental solutions.

2. Targeted investments in health care and social systems.

3. Involving youth in addressing gender and vulnerability issues.


Roza Otunbayeva is a member of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, the creation of which was initiated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe.


The Commission's mission is to rethink policy priorities in the light of pandemics.


After identifying and reviewing the relevant evidence, the Commission will draw lessons from the ways in which different countries‘ health systems have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and will make recommendations on investments and reforms to improve the resilience of health and social care systems.


The Commission will also seek to build consensus on these recommendations and to elevate health and social care as societal and political priorities, recognized as being critical to both sustainable development and social cohesion.


The Commission was chaired by Professor Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University and former Prime Minister of Italy and a former European Commissioner. The Commission was composed of former heads of states and governments, distinguished life scientists and economists, heads of health and social care institutions, and leaders of the business community and financial institutions.


The Commission should complete its work and submit its final report in September 2021.