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A two-day meeting of the Global Health Security Agenda, a new international partnership for the promotion of health security, began Monday in Helsinki, with a focus on infectious diseases and their prevention.
 
The forum brings together nearly 200 experts from over 20 countries with representatives from the European Union, the World Health Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal Health OIE, according to a press release of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The meeting will conclude today.
 
The point of departure of this Health Partnership relates to the challenges inherent in the international mobility and threats to the health caused by new topical infectious diseases such as MERS coronavirus and avian influenza, said the release issued on Monday.
 
Operation of this Partnership supports the implementation of the WHO's International Health Regulations, and in Finland, along with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
 
The project is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence.

This new five-year Health Partnership was launched on the initiative of the United States in February 2014.
 
The Partnership network shares information, provides support and helps to bring out the best practices to prevent and combat international threats to health.
 
Finland stresses the importance of international cooperation, open communication, and the role played by the World Health Organization and the UN system, according to the release.  
 

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