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Canada signs declaration on promoting healthy lifestyles and health care delivery in the Arctic

News Release
2011-25
February 16, 2011
For immediate release

Nuuk, Greenland – Today, a delegation representing Canada signed a declaration with other Arctic states. This declaration is a commitment between the Arctic Health Ministers to work collaboratively on circumpolar health issues and information sharing.

“Circumpolar countries share similar health priorities and often face significant logistical, financial, and technological challenges in overcoming health disparities,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Today’s meeting was an important opportunity to discuss and share best practices with other Arctic countries facing similar health challenges among Arctic residents.”The Arctic Health Ministers Meeting co-hosted by Denmark and Greenland was held in Nuuk, Greenland, on February 16. The meeting focused on circumpolar health cooperation, promoting healthy lifestyles and health care delivery in the Arctic. Canada’s participation in this meeting complements the objectives of Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy and Northern Strategy.

The meeting was attended by a Canadian delegation which included representatives from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council and academic experts.

This inaugural Arctic Health Ministers’ meeting aimed to enhance circumpolar partnerships, and to identify ways to collectively build the evidence-base circumpolar nations need to enhance policies that address existing and emerging Arctic health issues.

The declaration reaffirms the commitment of Arctic Health Ministers to provide strong leadership that will enable government officials, health professionals, and community organizations to strengthen circumpolar collaboration in health promotion, disease surveillance and culturally appropriate health services.

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