Date and location
The 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC72) will open on Monday, 12 September 2022, and will close on Wednesday, 14 September 2022.
Hilton Tel Aviv
Address: Hayarkon Street 205, Independence Park, Tel Aviv-Yafo 6340506, Israel
Telephone: +972 3-520-2222
for the hotel website click here.
Attendance and hybrid format
The normal working hours will be between 9:00 and 18:00 (IDT – CEST+1 UTC+3), except for Monday, 12 September, when the proceedings will commence at 08:30 and conclude around 18:30.
In accordance with Rules 1 and 2 of the Rules of Procedure of the Regional Committee for Europe (RoP), participation in the plenary session of the Regional Committee for Europe is open to delegates from Member States, Associate Members, and invited States that are not members of the Committee, as well as invited representatives of the United Nations, specialized agencies and other regional international organizations; representatives of non-State actors in official relations with WHO or accredited to attend meetings of the Regional Committee for Europe; and observers.
The notice of convocation has been sent in accordance with Rules 4 and 7 RoP. Following the decision of the 29th Standing Committee of the Regional Committee for Europe the session will be organized under a hybrid format. Participants are invited to attend RC72 in person. If particular circumstances would prevent individual delegates from traveling to Tel Aviv, they can participate virtually via the online platform Zoom. Details for the virtual attendance can be found in the dedicated section. Participation in scheduled Ministerial lunches will be in person only.
In accordance with Rule 3 RoP, the names of representatives, which in the case of Members shall take the form of credentials, shall be communicated to the WHO Regional Director for Europe before the opening of the session. Credentials shall be issued by the Head of State, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Health or any other appropriate authority, such as permanent missions or senior government officials.
In accordance with Rule 1 RoP, the country delegations should consist of not more than two representatives from each of the Members. The representatives may be accompanied by alternates and advisers. Please use the credentials form that was made available to Member States and Associate States. International governmental organizations, non-State actors and other partners are requested to submit an official letter confirming the composition of their delegation. In order to ensure participation in the meeting - in-person or virtually - all credentials and lists of representatives will have to be uploaded and submitted electronically through the online registration process (see below).
Online registration is required to officially attend the plenary session of the Regional Committee and to access the virtual platform. The same procedure applies to all categories of invited participants. Registration can be initiated through the following link here.
The following registration procedure applies:
The online registration system allows one focal point to be designated per delegation.
Once the focal point has been entered into the registration system, (s)he will receive an email with a unique username and password and the link to the electronic Meeting Registration System (eMRS).
The focal point will then register and submit the names of the delegates and attach a copy of the credentials for all members of the delegation.
The Secretariat will verify the information received from the focal point, which will then be processed to generate the provisional list of participants (see below).
Following confirmation of their registration, participants will receive further instructions to obtain their access badge upon arrival in Tel Aviv, or a personalized Zoom link in case they cannot attend in person.
Delegations are kindly requested to:
complete the online registration preferably before Thursday, 28 July 2022.
tentatively indicate whether a delegate plans to attend in person or virtually.
provide a unique email address for each participant (to secure access to the virtual platform)
Provisional list of participants
A provisional list of participants will be made available before the opening of the session. This list will be compiled on the basis of the credentials received by the Secretariat by close of business on Friday, 9 September 2022. Participants are requested to check the information contained in the provisional list of participants and to report any changes or corrections to the Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inclusion in the final list.
Following their official registration as participant of RC72, individual participants who will attend RC72 in person, are requested to provide some additional information about their stay and their participation in RC72-related events. The online attendance form can be accessed here.
The registration desk at the conference venue will open on Sunday, 11 September at 13:00 and will continue throughout the event (for opening times, please check www.rc72tlv.com or at the venue). Participants are requested to bring a piece of identification to obtain their badge and conference package. Participants are requested to wear their badge and keep it visible at all times. Access to the conference center and the networking receptions can be denied to anybody who is not properly registered and identifiable.
Health and safety of all participants during RC72 is our highest priority. Together with the Israeli Ministry of Health WHO/Europe is closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and will be proposing the appropriate public health measures for the meeting, also following the official Israeli health regulations and recommendations.
More information can be found here.
Closer to the meeting, more tailored guidance will be provided about the applicable measures during the event.
WHO/Europe is committed to the principle of healthy and sustainable meetings, creating a culture of health and wellbeing for all participants. This includes access to healthy foods and beverages, a tobacco-free environment, encouraging physical activity during breaks, and to protect and minimize the impact on the environment. Courtesy of the Ministry of Health of Israel, a rich variety of local food and beverages will be served at the conference venue during RC72 lunch and other breaks. During receptions participants will be able to also choose for non-alcoholic and non-sugary drinks. Please communicate any special dietary requirements to the Secretariat in advance of the session.
Bilateral meetings between Member States
To accommodate any requests from delegations to meet bilaterally with other delegations, meeting rooms are at disposal in the morning or during lunch breaks. These meeting rooms can be booked in advance.
Social media coverage will be provided through WHO/Europe’s official social media accounts using the hashtag #RC72TLV.
Twitter: @WHO_Europe (English) and @WHO_Europe_RU (Russian)