World Health Summit 2020

The World Health Summit, a leading global health conference and network of civil society, academia, politics and the private sector, will take place as a fully digital, interactive conference with a free-to-view programme

With a call for stronger and more effective cross-border, cross-sector cooperation, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and an array of WHO leaders and experts will speak at the Summit. 

The central topics of the Summit are: 

  • Pandemic Preparedness in the Age of COVID-19: Global Cooperation not Competition
  • Strengthening the Role of the European Union in Global Health
  • Climate Change and Global Health: Risks and Response
  • Partnership for the Goals: United Nations’ 75th Anniversary
  • Accelerating the SDG3 Global Action Plan for Health and Well-being

At the Summit, WHO will seek to enhance the global network across all sectors for: 

  • transforming and strengthening health systems and services; 
  • increasing investment in COVID-19 innovation, research and solutions; 
  • ensuring expanded equal access to quality and affordable medicines and medical products; and 
  • accelerating the evolution of digital health. 

See details on specific events:

25 October
CET 18:00 – 19:30
Opening Ceremony, including launch of book “Health: a political choice. Act together now!”

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Federal Republic of Germany, Federal President, Germany

Dr Ursula von der Leyen
European Commission, President

Dr António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
WHO Director-General

Paul Hudson
Sanofi CEO, France

Winnie Byanyima
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Executive Director

Dr Nanette Cocero
Pfizer Inc., Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, United States of America

26 October
CET: 09:00 – 10:30
Achieving Health for All through Digital Collaboration

27 October
CET: 13:00 – 14:00
Lessons and emerging priorities 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action for Women

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