Minister Petitpas Taylor promotes empowering women and girls and addressing the health impacts of climate change and antimicrobial resistance at G7 talks in Italy
OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to working with G7 countries to strengthen collaboration on shared health priorities to maintain and improve the
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, participated in a meeting of G7 Health Ministers in Milan, Italy, on November 5 and 6, 2017. Discussions focused on three key themes: the impact of climate and environmental factors on health, women's and adolescents' health, and antimicrobial resistance.
Discussions on the impact of climate and environmental factors on health included technical presentations from international organizations including the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss important issues including the need to build resilient health systems and to focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a priority for the Government of Canada. The Minister reaffirmed Canada's support for advancing women's, children's and adolescents' health and nutrition, as a matter of gender equality and human rights.
G7 Health Ministers agreed on the need for continued and sustained political action on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Over the past two days, health ministers discussed prioritizing action on AMR, implementing national action plans, and contributing to surveillance and research. Canada is committed to the concerted, multi-sectoral efforts that are required to address antimicrobial resistance.
Minister Petitpas Taylor also held one-on-one bilateral meetings with representatives from the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Germany to build on established and ongoing relationships and collaborative efforts.
The meeting concluded with the release of a communiqué outlining priority areas for action.
"I am pleased to have had this opportunity to meet with my G7 colleagues. I have been an advocate for the health and welfare of women and girls throughout my career. I believe that health ministers in the G7 have an important role to play in ensuring that our health and nutrition policies, advocacy initiatives, and programs empower women, children and adolescents. I look forward to continuing this collaborative work with Canada's G7 partners." The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Public health challenges are complex and trans-national. Canada and its G7 partners understand the importance of addressing public health through international cooperation and coordination."Dr. Theresa TamChief Public Health Officer
SOURCE Health Canada
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