2013 World Oral Health Forum

Istanbul, Turkey

Session 1: How might the Minamata Convention on Mercury change dentistry?

The session discussed the recently agreed Minamata Convention on Mercury which challenged the profession in many countries; introducing the concepts of sustainable development, environmental responsibility, green dentistry and product life-cycle. The Convention makes provision for a regular review of the phase-down approach. This review process will require the profession to collect data and information, not only on amalgam, but on prevention, research for new materials, and transition towards alternative filling materials. Alternative materials are also facing new challenges from the regulatory authorities (endocrine disruptors, nanoparticles). How can FDI facilitate the implementation of the Convention and how can FDI proactively and successfully implement it?


  • David Williams – Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London


  • Poul-Erik Petersen – World Health Organization
  • David Piper – United Nations Environment Programme
  • Stuart Johnson – FDI Dental Practice Committee / FDI Dental Amalgam Task Team
  • Gottfried Schmalz – International Association for Dental Research
  • Marc Sussman – Dental Recycling North America
  • Pam Clark – International Dental Manufacturers

Session 2: Addressing oral health into the global noncommunicable diseases initiative: A focus on the opportunities provided by such integration at regional and country level

The session updated countries on gains made by the oral health community on the integration of oral health within the NCDs agenda, following the inclusion of oral disease in the 2011 Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). It provided guidelines to develop and implement oral health interventions, as well as monitor the progress within the WHO Global Action Plan 2013-2020. Participants discussed how NDAs and CDOs could take a leading role in the fight against NCDs and their risk factors. From the work plans and strategies developed by WHO at different levels, as well as experiences deployed by oral health leaders worldwide, participants identified approaches and ways forward to ensure a new upswing of oral public health interventions.

Opening remarks

  • Orlando Monteiro da Silva – FDI President (2011-13)


  • Ahmed Ogwell Ouma – Regional Advisor on Tobacco Control, Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organization
  • Polat Sertaç – Head of Tobacco Control Department, Ministry of Health, Turkey


  • Benoit Varenne – Regional Advisor on Oral Health, Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organization
  • Bernadette Pushpaangaeli – Associate Dean Student Life and Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Fiji National University
  • Jocelyne Garé – Chief Dental Officer, Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso
  • Harry-Sam Selikowitz – Vice-Chair, FDI Science Committee

Closing remarks

  • Poul-Erik Petersen – Chief, Oral Health Programme, World Health Organization

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