YOUTH4HEALTH: WHO/Europe Press Briefing in Tirana, Albania

WHO/Europe Press Briefing in Tirana, Albania


There are an estimated 1.8 billion young persons in the world today, over 332 million in the WHO European Region encompassing 53 countries across Europe and Central Asia.

Although they represent diverse geographies and cultures, they face many of the same challenges when it comes to their health and well-being. From the long-running COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mental and physical health, to socioeconomic challenges impacting opportunities in life, to the climate crisis impacting the survival of our entire planet. And, not least, sexual and reproductive health and rights – especially for the most excluded and marginalized populations.

Yet, despite challenges, young people know what they want and they aren’t shy to express their opinions, expectations and ambitions – for themselves and the world around them.

We invite media partners to join us at a press briefing at the Youth4Health Summit, which brings together hundreds of young persons from across the WHO European Region together with government and civil society partners, to engage in genuine dialogue, build trust and find better ways to include young persons in policy decisions affecting their health and future.

WHEN: 26 October 2022, 0930 CEST, Media arrival from 0900 CEST

WHERE: Tirana International Hotel & Conference Center, Sheshi Skënderbej 8, Tirana 1001

SUBJECT: Youth health and well-being in Albania and the WHO European Region, including the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.     

SPEAKERS: Ogerta Manastirliu, Minister of Health and Social Protection of Albania

                      Bora Muzhaqi, Minister of State for Youth and Children of Albania

                      Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe

                      Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana

                      Jack Kavanagh, Health professional & youth advocate for Mental Wellbeing &          DiverseAbilities

                      Clara Drammeh, Moderator

REGISTER:  Register via email. Please indicate if you will join in-person or online.


Meeting ID: 947 4243 9839

Passcode: !ab6xZYM

CONTACT:   WHO/Europe Press Office –

Marie Wolf –


Please use the main entrance to the lobby, accreditation will be in the lobby on the ground floor.

Translation will be provided in Albanian.

Media attendees are invited to email their questions in advance to Marie Wolf with a cc to

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