Dr. Carissa F. Etienne at 68th WHASeveral parallel events were held simultaneously with the World Assembly to address topics of interest to the countries of the Region.

Country delegates and panelists from different organizations agreed on the need to keep health at the center of sustainable development objectives after 2015. "This is the ideal time for us to take action to eliminate injustice and improve health in order to ensure a sustainable future for all," affirmed Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization and one of the panelists in this event.

Additionally, Brazil and other BRIC countries organized an event on nutrition, health, and development. Ecuador, Mexico, and Paraguay held an event on ending obesity that discussed the use of tax measures and food labeling to improve nutrition.

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