I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
We welcome the WHO report on Dementia, in particular, the analysis on the impact of dementia on health systems and persons concerned, as well as the proposed public health responses. The EU recognises the global leadership role of WHO in this matter at all levels.
Recent initiatives such as the First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia in 2015 have increased the political momentum.
We also welcome the recent establishment of the WHO Global Dementia Observatory, an international surveillance platform for policy-makers and researchers.
However, concerted action and unified responses are needed to address the global challenges of dementia. Some key issues for the EU and its Member States are:
We therefore support the draft Decision to call on WHO to develop a comprehensive community-based and multisectoral Global Action Plan on Dementia for consideration by the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017.