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Chancellor Merkel’s key note speech at the World Health Assembly

Every country needs to develop a resilient health system

Chancellor Merkel’s key note speech at the World Health Assembly

On 18 May 2015, Angela Merkel gave an opening speech at the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva. She highlighted why Germany has set health as a major issue for its G7 presidency and outlined three main priorities: drawing the lessons from Ebola, fighting neglected tropical diseases and containing antimicrobial resistance. She also addressed the changing role of the World Health Organization and announced that Germany will contribute an additional EUR 200m in 2015-2016 to build resilient health systems, of which EUR 70m will be focused on West Africa.

Full text of the speech in English and German

See as video (17:49 min): https://youtu.be/6fsncX9S8d4 (speech in German)

Press release by WHO on the opening day of the 68th World Health Assembly:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/wha-18-may-2015/en/

Speech of the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan:
http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2015/68th-wha/en/#

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