Call by the Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary
(Tehran, February 3, 2010)
His Excellency Ogtay Shiraliyev, Minister of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan, inaugurated the Meeting. He highlighted the significance of health for development of the economies of the countries. He also emphasized the need to promote the image of ECO as a regional organization in the international community. Mr. Mohammed Yahya Maroofi, the ECO Secretary General in his statement to the conference explained the health cooperation in ECO during previous years and reiterated the importance of backing and support of the Member States for the success and the effective implementation of the health programs.
The participants discussed the current status of health cooperation in the region, exchanged ideas and evaluated the available potential for enhancing cooperation particularly on health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Blood Transfusion and Pharmaceuticals. The meeting adopted the Baku Declaration which identified main priority areas for health cooperation among the Member States.
The Republic of Kazakhstan would host the Second Meeting of the ECO Health Ministers in 2011.