31 March 2008
Press Release
Note No. 6137

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Note to Correspondents


As part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) sixtieth anniversary commemoration, a photo collection spanning the 60 years of WHO will be launched in the South Gallery of the Visitors’ Lobby at 12 p.m. Wednesday, 2 April.

The exhibit, based on the anniversary theme of “Our health, our future”, tells the story of WHO and public health over the last 60 years.  It features key public-health milestones and highlights such themes as the development of the first successful polio vaccine, the eradication of smallpox, primary health care, tobacco control, the revision of the International Health Regulations and protecting health from climate change.

This exhibition will be displayed at the United Nations during the month of April to coincide with World Health Day on 7 April.

Formally opening the exhibit is Dr. Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, Deputy Director-General of WHO.  Statements will also be made by Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information and Andrey Pirogov, Assistant Director-General, Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations.

For additional information on WHO, please contact Angelica Spraggins in New York at tel.:  212 963 8320, e-mail:  spragginsa@un.org; or Andree Pinard Clark in Geneva at tel.:  +41 22 791 4670, e-mail:  pinardclarka@who.int.

For more information on United Nations exhibitions, please contact Jan Arnesen at tel.:  212 963 8531, e-mail:  arnesen@un.org; or Liza Wichmann at tel.:  212 963 0089, e-mail:  wichmann@un.org.

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