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The Action Plan

Title photo Global Action Plan

The Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being

Three years since their launch, it is clear that the pace of progress will have to be accelerated if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030.

Recognising this challenge, Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, and Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, wrote a joint letter to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros, requesting that he lead the development of a Global Action Plan. In consultation with 10 other United Nations organisations active in global health, WHO took up the challenge and developed a framework for this Action Plan, calling all actors in the field of health to align, accelerate and account.

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The Launch

Ilona Kickbusch facilitating

The Global Action Plan at the World Health Summit

On 16 October 2018 a ministerial panel at the World Health Summit focused on the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for all. Ilona Kickbusch, Co-Chair of UHC2030, facilitated a discussion between Dr Tedros, Director General of WHO, and representatives of African and European ministries of health and the BMZ. Kickbusch stated: ‘In these times of fragmentation, we need to come together and create a new movement of global solidarity. What better topic is there to unite us than health? Health makes a difference for so many other SDGs – it is pivotal and at the center of the 2030 Agenda.’

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Stakeholder consultations

Panelists at BMZ evening event

A BMZ consultation with civil society representatives

BMZ kicked off its stakeholder consultations on the Global Action Plan with an evening event on October 9 at the Permanent Representation of Hesse in Berlin which over 50 parliamentarians and civil society representatives attended.

There was agreement that a strong push, ‘disruptive’ thinking and innovative approaches will be needed to accelerate implementation of the health-related SDGs. Panellists highlighted the need for adequate financing and cautioned that stronger cohesion and coordination between global and national health actors is imperative to overcome the fragmentation that currently characterises the health sector.

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Stakeholder consultations

Participants at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

A roundtable discussion with scientists

Joining forces with the federal ministries of health (BMG) and of research and education (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invited the scientists and researchers attending the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting to help realise the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing. At a Round table event, it gauged scientists’ and researchers’ views on it and Heiko Warnken, Head of BMZ Division Health, Population Policy and Social Protection BMZ, called for more cross-sectoral collaboration: ‘Let’s walk the talk and get out of the health silo. Global challenges require global alignment and cooperation.’

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