Moments from the FDI World Dental Congress Mexico

September 27, 2011

I have already shared some photos of my taking office as FDI president. Now I let you with some more moments from the FDI Annual World Dental Congress, in Mexico.

Before the opening cerimony

Before the opening cerimony

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony

With the FDI president-elect, TC Wong, from Hong Kong

With the FDI president-elect, TC Wong, from Hong Kong

LOC Mexico

Local Organizing Committee Mexico: Victor Guerrero to my left and Jaime Edelson behind. Also with us, TC Wong and Roberto Vianna.

With George Thomas (left), Indian Dental Association president, and L. Krishna Prasad (right), immediate past president

With George Thomas (left), Indian Dental Association president, and L. Krishna Prasad (right), immediate past president

General Assembly B

General Assembly B

General Assembly B

General Assembly B

At the Japan Night. Here with Gil Fernandes Alves (left) and Ricardo Faria e Almeida (right)

At the Japan Night. Here with Gil Fernandes Alves (left) and Ricardo Faria e Almeida (right)

At the Japan Night

At the Japan Night

Japan Night. Proposing a toast due to my wife's birthday

Japan Night. Proposing a toast due to my wife's birthday

At the Portuguese Embassy. From left, Jean-Luc Eiselé (FDI executive director), myself, João Caetano da Silva (ambassador), Jaime Edelson and Victor Guerrero (both from the Mexican Dental Association and Local Organizing Committee)

At the Portuguese Embassy. From left, Jean-Luc Eiselé (FDI executive director), myself, João Caetano da Silva (ambassador), Jaime Edelson and Victor Guerrero (both from the Mexican Dental Association and Local Organizing Committee)

A portuguese restaurant in Mexico City

A portuguese restaurant in Mexico City

With Torsten Olsen, from the International Dental Tribune

With Torsten Olsen, from the International Dental Tribune

FDI Council meeting with IDM, International Dental Manufacturers

FDI Council meeting with IDM, International Dental Manufacturers

2012 FDI World Dental Congress Organizing Committee, Hong Kong

2012 FDI World Dental Congress Organizing Committee, Hong Kong


My taking office ceremony as FDI president…

September 15, 2011

My taking office ceremony as FDI president took place yesterday, 14th September, in Mexico City. It’s an exciting new step. I’m very grateful for your support. Please read my speech below.

SPEECH

Your Excellencies
Honoured guests
Ladies and gentlemen

When I attended my first FDI Congress in Paris in 2000, I did not imagine that, 11 years later I would be here, addressing my colleagues in a few days at the Opening Ceremony as FDI President.

It’s a moment of great emotion for me and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported me along the way, my family, my friends, and my colleagues from the Portuguese Dental Association, Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, who supported my candidacy.

The work of each president is to lead, strengthen and update policy and strategy in response to new social, political, economic and technological developments. Here are some of my thoughts:

For decades, the dental profession – dental medicine as it should be designated – has limited its scope to the “operative or restorative” approach to dentistry. Today, it is generally agreed that we must move closer to the medical sphere., especially as co-related classic areas of dental medicine, education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation demand this approach:

Why? Three reasons

  • One, a more and more invasive approach in dental treatment and rehabilitation as well as FDI’s strategic vision of leading the world to optimal oral health;
  • Two, population ageing in some areas of the world; an increased number of medically compromised patients; and increased awareness of patient safety issues;
  • And the third reason: the unequivocal link between noncommunicable diseases like cancer, cardio vascular and respiratory diseases and diabetes with tooth decay and periodontal diseases.

In fact, after this Congress, I will travel to New York to attend the United Nations Summit on NCDs. I will also be there to for the UN launch of an NCD Action Toolkit that FDI has developed, demonstrating its commitment to work through partnerships such as the World Health Professions Alliance.

As for me:

  • My first commitment is to ensure that FDI intensifies its great work with its private sector partners, for example in our Landmark programme Live.Learn.Laugh, or community-based oral health programmes in Africa.
  • My second is to identify ways to complement FDI’s considerable experience in the field of continuing education and ensure FDI continues to fulfil this great tradition.
  • My third commitment is a personal goal as the first Portuguese President: to better integrate the millions of inhabitants of Portuguese-speaking communities of the world into the work of FDI (once in Portuguese, once in English)

It is my personal ambition to support FDI in its efforts to lead them, and the world population in general, to optimal oral health.


Preparing a speech to the Opening Ceremony…

September 8, 2011


..to 2011 FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Mexico City…

When I attended my first FDI Congress in Paris in 2000, I did not imagine that, 11 years later I would be here, addressing my colleagues in a few days at the Opening Ceremony as FDI President.

It’s a moment of great emotion for me and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported me along the way, my family, my friends, and my colleagues from the Portuguese Dental Association, Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, who supported my candidacy.

In the next few days, I will be updating this blog with some photos and comments from Mexico City. Keep in touch by subscribing to my e-mail alerts.


2011 Annual World Dental Congress promotion

November 29, 2010

The 2011 Annual World Dental Congress will take place at the Banamex Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mexico City on 14-17 September 2011. Please find more information at www.fdiworldental.org.


Adeus Salvador! ¡Hola Mexico!

October 11, 2010

FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2010 opening session

Salvador da Bahia was full of news for FDI! Elections for board and committees, a nomination of a new Interim Executive Director and new ambitious projects.

Jérôme Estignard is the new IED of FDI, who I would like to specially congratulate. Likewise, I would like to salute the 4 councillors and the 10 committee members that were elected or re-elected at the General Assembly B of the FDI Annual World Dental Congress. To them I send my best wishes for great work within the FDI. Together we can create better and healthier smiles around the world!

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