Press Release WHO/78
27 October 1998
Director-General: five-day visit to France
and the United States
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland today began a 5-day visit to France and the United States. During the trip she will be meeting the French President Jacques Chirac and First Lady Mrs Hillary Rodham Clinton.
These are the first visits by Dr Brundtland to France and the USA since she took office as Director-General on 21 July 1998. In Paris, Dr Brundtland will meet French President Jacques Chirac, the Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and the Secretary of State for Health Bernard Kouchner. Among the topics for discussion will be the new structure and budget of WHO, extrabudgetary contributions made by France to the Organization and relations between WHO and the European Union.
Dr Brundtland begins her visit to the United States in Atlanta where she will take the opportunity to meet prominent international business leaders. When she took office Dr Brundtland pledged that WHO would reach out to the private sector to start a dialogue with industry. During her stay in the city the Director-General will be meeting the Chairman and CEO of Coca Cola Mr M. Douglas Ivester and members of the 12-strong Atlanta Coalition which brings together leaders from industry, academia, the media, charitable foundations and the United States Centers for Disease Control.
In Washington, Dr Brundtland will join the head of the World Bank Group James Wolfensohn and financier George Soros for a meeting with First Lady Hilary Clinton to launch a new "Stop TB" initiative. The aim of the initiative is to fight the global tuberculosis epidemic and prevent the emergence of drug resistant strains. "Stop TB" is expected to raise an additional $1 billion to accelerate international TB control efforts.
Dr Brundtland will meet the media in Washington at a press breakfast hosted by Public Radio International's "The World". Among others taking part in the breakfast event are Donna E. Shalala, US Secretary of Health & Human Services and Dr Harold Varmus, the Director of National Institutes of Health (NIH). Later in the day Dr Brundtland will meet the Directors of NIH and take part in a roundtable discussion at the International Monetary Fund.
The final leg of the visit is New York where Dr Brundtland will launch "Roll Back Malaria" at a joint press conference with the head of the World Bank James Wolfensohn, the head of UNDP James Speth and Carol Bellamy, head of UNICEF. Following the briefing Dr Brundtland will attend the opening of the United Nations Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) where topics for discussion will include UN reform, the causes of conflict and the promotion of peace and sustainable development in Africa and the International Civil Service Commission.
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