June 14, 2024

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 29. Azerbaijani Health
Minister Teymur Musayev, who headed the Azerbaijani delegation,
addressed the plenary session at the 77th session of the World
Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, themed “All for Health,
Health for All,” Trend reports.

Welcoming the participants of the event, the head of the
delegation highlighted that the current global risks facing
civilization necessitate close cooperation within the world
community to restore unity.

“The emergencies over the past few years have exposed humanity’s
vulnerability to unforeseen circumstances. To enhance emergency
preparedness, a resilient global health infrastructure is
essential,” he emphasized.

The minister noted that the rapid development of information
technologies has enabled the realization of the “Health for All”
concept by making medical services more accessible. He pointed out
that over the past 20 years, Azerbaijan has significantly
strengthened its national healthcare system, constructing or
renovating more than 700 medical centers and equipping them with
modern medical technology.

“One of the goals of the 2022–2026 Social and Economic
Development Strategy of Azerbaijan, approved by President Ilham
Aliyev, is to ensure a healthy lifestyle for citizens,” Musayev
stated.

In his speech, the minister emphasized that 2024 has been
declared the “Green World Solidarity Year” in Azerbaijan.

“The order from the head of state highlights that Azerbaijan, as
a reliable and responsible member of the international community,
contributes to combating the effects of climate change. Azerbaijan
has consistently supported the green agenda, and the 29th session
of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on
Climate Change (COP29) will be held in our country in November this
year. The unanimous decision to host such a prestigious event in
Azerbaijan demonstrates the international community’s respect and
trust in our nation, as well as recognition of our contributions to
environmental protection and climate change prevention at national,
regional, and global levels,” he added.

The “Health for All” concept holds particular significance in
Azerbaijan, especially for ensuring the safe return of former IDPs
to their native lands.

“Under the I State Program of the ‘Great Return,’ the
Azerbaijani government is undertaking significant efforts in the
rehabilitation and reconstruction of liberated territories.
However, the excessive contamination of these lands with mines and
explosives hinders resettlement and poses serious challenges to the
national health system.

We call on the World Health Organization, as the global
coordinating body for health, to continue setting norms and
standards to protect the health and well-being of the global
population. It is crucial to develop strategic documents that
should receive unanimous support from the organization’s member
countries,” the Azerbaijani health minister concluded.

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