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WHO and UNICEF convene First Global Consultation on Child and Adolescent Health and Development

WHO: Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland,Director General, World Health OrganizationMs Carol Bellamy,Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund WHAT: First Global Consultation on Child and Adolescent Health and Development,A Healthy Start in Life WHEN: 12 & 13 March 2002Press Briefing on Tuesday, 12 March from 10:30 – 11:15 am WHERE: Foresta Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden WHY: Every year almost 11 million children and 1.5 million adolescents die from preventable Causes. The Consultation will reach a consensus on priorities and on how to move forward on scaling up interventions that are known to work.

The world now has the knowledge and the technology to treat and prevent deadly diseases, conditions and injuries. We have the science; we need the political will and the resources.

The Consultation is linked to the UN Special Session on Children in May 2002, where world leaders will re-affirm their commitment to building a world fit for children.

A new edition of Facts for Life, a compendium of vital knowledge that almost everyone can act on to give children the best possible start to life, with over 15 million copies in 215 languages currently in use in some 200 countries will also be released.

For Press Accreditation please contact: Kicki Andreasson at CONGREX , Tel: +46 8 459 6600, Fax: +46 8 661 9125, e-mail: kicki.andreasson@congrex.se

Journalists are invited to attend the sessions as observers. The informal press briefing will allow for one-on-one interviews with Heads of UN agencies, high level government officials from around the world, and experts on child and adolescent health and development.

More information on the Consultation is available at the following web site: http://www.who.int/consultation-child-adolescent The media can also download high resolution photographs from the web site press centre.

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For more information contact:

Dr Agnès Leotsakos
Telephone: +41 (22) 791 2567
E-mail: leotsakosa@who.int

Hans Olsen
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Mohammad Jalloh
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E-mail: mjalloh@unicef.org