WHO Staff Member Receives the 2007 Great Wall Friendship Award

2008-03-04 18:53 704

BEIJING, March 4 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mayor Guo of Beijing presented the 2007 Great Wall Friendship Award to Dr Gerald Moy of the World Health Organization and to 11 other fellow recipients for their contributions to the social and economic progress of Beijing. The award, which is given annually, is the second time that WHO has been so honoured. The first time was in 2003 when Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to China received the award.

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Dr Moy who is with the WHO Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases in Geneva, Switzerland was given the award based on his work with the Beijing Food Safety Administration. For the past three years he has served as an adviser on food safety preparations for the Beijing Olympics and in particular, contributed to training materials for food handlers. He was also instrumental in the development of the "The 3 Fives -- Healthy choices, healthy life" campaign, which will be launched on 10 March in collaboration with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, the Beijing Food Safety Administration and the Chinese Ministry of Health. In November 2007 Dr Moy facilitated the adoption of the Beijing Declaration on Food Safety, which for the first time recognized safe food as an individual human right. Having first come to Beijing over 20 years ago, Dr Moy is a well known figure to many Chinese officials working in the food safety area.

Source: World Health Organization