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Mississauga Mayor McCallion Appointed to the WHO Advisory Committee

Oct 22, 2003

MISSISSAUGA, October 22, 2003 -- Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has been appointed to the Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan for a period of three years.

In appointing Mayor McCallion to the committee, Dr. Yuji Kawaguchi, Director WHO Kobe Centre said, "Mayor McCallion with her abundant knowledge and outstanding experiences has been a high supporter to the World Health Organization Kobe Centre (WKC) Cities and Health Programme."

The role of the eight-person advisory board, which is composed of internationally recognized experts in areas relevant to the Centre's intersectoral studies, is to advise the Director-General on technical and program development and direction related to the work of the Centre.

Mayor McCallion has had a long relationship with the WHO Centre for Health Development, having been heavily involved with their Cities and Health Program. In 2001, together with its Director, Dr. Yuji Kawaguchi, she hosted the WHO Kobe Centre International Meeting on Cities and Health in Mississauga. The conference brought together decision-makers, governors, mayors, civic leaders, and leading educators to focus on the betterment of citizens' health and welfare systems.

"The outcome was a recognition of the need for municipal governments to collaborate with other sectors of the community, particularly universities, in order to bridge the gap between research and policy-making," said Mayor McCallion.

The City of Mississauga, one of the WKC partner cities, went on to develop a model of collaboration between the City and the University of Toronto at Mississauga to utilize their joint resources for better integration of principles that create a healthy and safe city, into city planning and a more effective response to the needs of the local communities.

"The model, another factor of which is intersectoral and interdisciplinary approach in health and welfare systems management, is now termed "Mississauga Model" for cities in the world to be encouraged to follow. As such Mayor McCallion's innovative activities are highly appreciated," noted Dr. Kawaguchi.

"We are fortunate here in Mississauga to have a strong network of people and processes that contribute to a healthy, vibrant and prosperous City. I hope to bring to the committee a clear sense of what it takes to integrate all of our resources - economic, social and environmental - and manage them for the long-term," remarked Mayor McCallion on receiving the honour.

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