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Statement of Health Ministers' Meeting
London, March 14, 2002

1. We, the Health Ministers/Secretaries/Commissioner, are determined to improve health security globally, and to better prepare for and respond to acts of biological, chemical and radio-nuclear terrorism. This meeting builds on the international partnership we agreed to forge at our November 7, 2001 meeting in Ottawa, Canada.

2. International cooperation remains essential to the improvement of the health security of our citizens. Both individually and collectively, we have already taken concrete actions to enhance our respective capacities to deal with the threat of international biological, chemical and radio-nuclear incidents. We remain firm in our resolve and commitment to continue working together, and to coordinate our efforts in the interest of the health and security of our citizens, and to enhance our respective capacities to deal with public health incidents.

3. Today, we agreed to move forward on a number of fronts to further strengthen health security globally. Our current progress and future actions are as follows:

4. We will engage with other countries on specific issues and make the most of any opportunity to share information on our efforts with other countries, such as at the meeting of the World Health Assembly in May 2002.

5. We remain committed to working together to strengthen our readiness and response to protect public health and security. We agreed to meet again in Mexico to take stock of where we are and to consider what further actions may be appropriate.

The statement was endorsed by:

The Honourable Anne McLellan, Minister of Health, Canada
David Byrne, Commissioner of Health and Consumer Protection, European Union
Norihisa Tamura, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
L'honorable Bernard Kouchner, Ministre Délégu à la Santé, France
Dr Roberto Tapia-Conyer, Vice Minister for Health Prevention and Protection, Mexico
The Right Honourable John Hutton, Minister of State for Health, United Kingdom
Dr Klaus Theo Schroder, representing the Honourable Ulla Schmidt, Federal Minister for Health, Germany
Professor Girolamo Sirchia, Minister of Health, Italy (in absentia)
The Honourable Claude Allen, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, United States representing Tommy Tompson, Secretary of State for Health

Source: Department of Health, U.K.



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