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DUTY TRAVELS

As a staff member of the World Health Organization, from 2014 to 2019 (not counting 2020, when all travel was prohibited due to Covid-19), I was dispatched on 50 overseas missions around the world (not counting a few local DTs within the Philippines, where I was based).  21 countries in all, including 12 of 27 Member States in the WHO Western Pacific Region (22 countries, 13 Member States if counting the Philippines).  The countries that I visited most were Fiji with 8 missions, then Korea with 7 missions.   My first DT was to Kobe, Japan.  My final DT was to Bangkok, Thailand. 

[Note: this page is a work in progress.]

AUSTRALIA

(9) McCabe Centre Intensive Legal Training Program – Training of Trainers

2014 December 6-14 / Melbourne

CHINA

(23) 2nd International Symposium on Tobacco Control & Law

2016 May 29-31 / Beijing

(47) 3rd Meeting on Health Professional Education Reforms in Transition Economy Countries

2019 July 24-25 / Shanghai

 

FIJI

(3) National Workshop on NCDs & The Law

2014 June 29 – July 6 / Suva + Denarau Island

(11) Regional Workshop on Nutrition, NCDs, and the Role of CODEX

2015 April 17-23 / Nadi

(19) Pacific Workshop to Implement the Tobacco Free Initiative Regional Action Plan

2015 November 15-19 / Nadi

(39) Scoping Mission for the 5th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2018 October 16-19 / Suva

(41) Scoping Mission for the 5th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2019 February 16-23 / Suva

(44) Scoping Mission for the 5th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2019 April 25 – May 3 / Suva + Nadi

(46) Scoping Mission for the 5th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2019 July 9-17 / Suva + Nadi + Lautoka + Pacific Harbour

(48) 5th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2019 August 10-24 / Suva + Nadi + Lautoka

 

INDIA

(27) 7th Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

2016 November 6-13 / Noida

 

JAPAN

(1) Expert Consultation on Intersectoral Action for Health

2014 May 28 – June 1 / Kobe + Osaka

(24) 3rd International Symposium on Tobacco Control & Law

2016 July 29-31 / Tokyo

(26) 4th Regional Workshop on Strengthening Leadership & Advocacy for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

2016 September 25-30 / Saitama

(31) Scoping Mission for the 3rd Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2017 July 23-26 / Tokyo + Kashiwa

(32) 3rd Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2017 August 22-25 / Tokyo + Kashiwa

(43) 6th Regional Workshop on Strengthening Leadership & Advocacy for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

2019 March 10-15 / Saitama

 

JORDAN

(13) Bi-regional Workshop to Build Legal Capacity and Advance Action on WHO Recommendations on Marketing of Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children

2015 June 8-14 / Amman

(38) Meeting of the Regional Parliamentary Working Group on Universal Health Coverage in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

2018 September 23-30 / Amman + Aqaba

 

KOREA

(5) Informal Round-Table Meeting on Litigation as a Tool for Tobacco Control + International Symposium on Tobacco Control & Law

2014 August 20-24 / Seoul

(15) 1st Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2015 July 1-3 / Seoul

(21) Meeting of the Bureau of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2016 January 13-14 / Seoul

(28) 2nd Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

2016 November 22-26 / Seoul

(33) Scoping Mission for the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Ethics/Bioethics Committees + International Symposium of the Korean Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health: “Achieving a Healthy Ageing Society”

2017 September 20-23 / Seoul

(34) Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Ethics/Bioethics Committees

2017 October 22-25 / Seoul

(36) Scoping Mission for SEARO-WPRO High-Level Retreat

2018 May 27-30 / Gangneung + Sokcho + Pyeongchang + Seoul

 

LAOS 

(2) Workshop on Coherence of Policies from Health and Non-Health Sectors to Improve Food and Nutrition and the Double Burden of Malnutrition

2014 June 23-26 / Vientiane

(10) National Stakeholder Consultations on Tobacco Control

2015 March 10-13 / Vientiane

(12) National Stakeholder Consultations on Tobacco Control

2015 May 30 – June 2 / Vientiane

 

LEBANON

(40) Meeting of the Regional Parliamentary Working Group on Universal Health Coverage in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

2018 December 1-7 / Beirut

 

MALAYSIA

(20) Regional Workshop on Restricting the Marketing of Foods and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children in the Western Pacific

2015 November 29 – December 4 / Kuala Lumpur

(37) 50th Conference of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium on Public Health

2018 September 9-11 / Kota Kinabalu

 

MONGOLIA 

(42) WPRO All-Staff Retreat

2019 March 3-7 / Ulaanbaatar

 

NEW ZEALAND

(49) 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Ethics/Bioethics Committees

2019 October 19-25 / Wellington

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA 

(7) National Stakeholder Consultations on Tobacco Control

2014 October 4-10 / Port Moresby

 

RUSSIA 

(8) 6th Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

2014 October 11-19 / Moscow

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS

(16) WHO Country Office Workshop on National Health Policy Planning and Universal Health Coverage

2015 August 30 – September 4 / Honiara

 

SPAIN

(4) Summer Academy on Global Food Law & Policy

2014 July 20-28  / Getxo + Bilbao + Okondo + Barcelona

 

SWITZERLAND

(18) Meeting of WHO Focal Points for Diet and Physical Activity

2015 November 8-12 / Chavannes-de-Bogis

(29) Scoping Meeting on the Ethics of Vector-Borne Diseases

2017 February 20-26 / Geneva

(35) Inception Meeting on a Global Programme for Building Legal Capacity to Address Unhealthy Diet

2018 February 24 – March 2 / Geneva

 

THAILAND

(6) Regional Workshop on Trade-Related Challenges to Tobacco Control in Southeast Asia

2014 August 20-23 / Bangkok

(14) Regional Conference on the Art of Negotiating Trade and Investment Agreements

2015 June 24-27 / Chiang Mai

(50) 51st Conference of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium on Public Health

2019 November 19-22 / Bangkok + Pattaya

 

TUNISIA

(45) First Meeting of the Regional Parliamentary Forum for Health and Well-Being in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

2019 June 22-27 / Tunis

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

(17) 66th Session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific

2015 October 10-16 / Guam

(22) 6th Meeting of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

2016 February 6-13 / New York City + Philadelphia

 

VIETNAM

(25) Inaugural Meeting of the AFPPD Standing Committee on Active Ageing

2016 September 6-8 / Hanoi

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