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Third meeting of the IHR Review Committee, 27-29 September 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

Continuing their external review of the International Health Regulations (IHR) and of the influenza pandemic response, the IHR Review Committee met in plenary session on Monday and Tuesday morning to present an update on the work of the Committee, open the floor for interventions from States Parties, and conduct interviews with key involved individuals and stakeholders. The Committee also held deliberative sessions, open to Committee members only, to compare impressions and develop possible findings, conclusions, and areas of recommendation. The meeting concluded with a plenary session scheduled on Wednesday afternoon that focused on discussing and adopting the meeting report. The report of the third meeting of the IHR Review Committee will be posted shortly at the below link:

IHR i-course: Face to face session, 12 to 23 July 2010, Veyrier du Lac, Annecy, France

The first IHR implementation course gathered its participants to a face-to-face session from 12 to 23 July 2010. All in all 32 participants from 30 countries from all of the six WHO regions came together at the Fondation Mérieux Conference Centre - Les Pensières, at Veyrier-du-Lac in France for two weeks. The participants - professionals with different backgrounds and contexts - were able to share experiences as well as build and strengthen network. The programme was mainly based on debriefing of group and individual work done at distance, discussions on specificities of IHR implementation in the different countries represented, sharing of good practices enriched with technical presentations by WHO and collaborating organization's experts. This face to face meeting concluded the first IHR implementation course and the participants have now received their certificates. The second IHR i-course started 27 September 2010.

Biosafety Advisory Group Meeting, 7-9 September 2010, Montreux, Switzerland

During this meeting the IHR Biosafety and Laboratory Biosecurity programme presented a five-year strategic development and workplan, "193 Ways to Implement Biosafety – A strategic plan for 2010-2014", to the members of the Biosafety Advisory Group, comprised of representatives of the WHO Biosafety Collaborating Centres. On this occasion, participation in the meeting was extended to include representatives of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), international biosafety associations, interested partners and donors. These representatives are critical in joining together to promote the implementation of biorisk management principles and practices, addressing both biosafety and laboratory biosecurity at global level, and to developing a worldwide biosafety culture through consistent, consolidated approaches, activities and messages.

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Meetings on ports, airports and ground crossings in Lyon

An informal consultation meeting on preparedness planning for public health emergencies for international travel and ports, airports and ground crossings (PAG) was held in Lyon, France 7 July 2010. The participants were public health officials and representatives from UN agencies. The overall aim of the meeting was to strive towards harmonization of the existing emergency plans from a vast number of agencies, having the International Health Regulations implementation as a framework for action. The participants shared experience, discussed possible stumbling blocks and reached consensus on a way forward.

The second meeting on partnership building for public health and international travel and transportation - ports, airports and ground crossings network (PAGnet) was held in Lyon, France 8-9 July 2010. The meeting focused on planning activities for the key technical groups an on obtaining consensus on the network's administration and contents, such as including rules and terms of reference of participation and levels of membership. In all 39 participants from 18 countries attended, including representatives from Member States from all the six WHO regions, leading public health experts familiar with issues related to points of entry, UN-organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Assiciation and UN World Tourism Organization, academic scientists and WHO representatives.

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