World Health Summit 2022 – Making the Choice for Health

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The World Health Summit 2022 was officially opened in Berlin on Sunday evening, 16 October 2022. The leading theme of the opening ceremony: Taking Global Health to a New Level.

At the opening ceremony, German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “Networking and good cooperation across national borders are what matter – especially in the field of global health. There needs to be an exchange between different scientific disciplines and also between science, politics and society. This is what the World Health Summit in Berlin stands for.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed in his pre-recorded speech:
“At this year’s World Health Summit, let’s move from alarm to action. And let’s deliver the stronger health systems that every person deserves.“

“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed, exploited and exacerbated the global health architecture as fractured and incoherent,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Taking global health to a new level means we need a new global agreement based on a common vision, a new global health architecture that is coherent and inclusive, and a new global approach that prioritizes promoting health and preventing disease, rather than only treating the sick.”

Sandra Gallina, Director-General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission, highlighted:  “These are times of deep and shared responsibility. The world needs urgent and collective action to overcome global health challenges – and the EU is ready to play a leading role in this effort through our upcoming EU Global Health Strategy.”

World Health Summit President Axel Pries also called for international cooperation: “In these times, we must work together internationally in an unprecedented manner. Issues like global health, peace, and climate change and its consequences for health can only be addressed together and with mutual trust.”

This is the complete online programme.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is an official partner of the WHS 2022 and will contribute to, host or co-host a number of sessions and side-events. Soon after the event, you can find summary reports on them on this page. Stay tuned!

TimeSessionChairSpeakers
Sunday Oct. 16,
11:00- 12:30
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for allDr. Anshu Banerjee, WHO

  • Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister, New Zealand

  • Prof. Dr. Awa Marie Coll Seck, Minister of State to the President, Senegal

  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary, BMZ, Germany

Monday Oct. 17,
09:00-10:30
Strengthening and Financing Health SystemsMaelle Ba, Speak Up Africa, Senegal

  • Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Switzerland

  • Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, BMZ, Germany

  • Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director South-East Asia Region, WHO

  • Dr. Rosemary W. Mburu, Executive Director, WACI Health, Kenya

  • Peter Sands, Executive Director, GFATM, Switzerland

14:00-15:30One Health in ActionDr. Peter Karim Ben Embarek, Director for One Health, WHO

  • Dr. Janetrix Hellen Amuguni, Technical Advisor, One Health Initiative, USAID RESPOND Project Africa, United States of America

  • Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, BMZ, Germany

  • Dr. Sunita Narain, Director-General, Centre for Science and Environment, India

  • Ines Perea, Subdivision Manager for Health Security, BMZ

Tuesday Oct. 18Investing in a Polio-free Future for More Resilient Health SystemsRedi Tlhabi, Moderate the Panel, USA

  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO

  • Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Switzerland

  • Dr. Christopher Elias, President Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

  • Ian Riseley, Chair, The Rotary Foundation, USA

  • Catherine Russell, Executive

  • Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister, BMZ, Germany

There will also be two BMZ-supported side events (more details will follow):

  • “Adressing the Linkages between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Climate Change”, jointly hosted with UNFPA.
  • “BACKUP Health turns 20! A birthday celebration with distinguished guests, live music and birthday wishes from around the world”.
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