Geneva meetings and events:
Global health and related sectors

Civil society meetings ahead of WHO EB 146
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day


The traditional civil society meetings will also take place ahead of the 146th Session of the WHO Executive Board. The meetings are organized by G2H2 and kindly hosted by the World Council of Churches. Provisional Programme:

Friday 31 January 2020
Workshop “Right to Health in the Digital Age”

Saturday 1 February 2020
Civil society perspectives on selected global health topics: EB146 and beyond

For both days, initial explorations and calls for proposals are still underway. And there might be an additional programme on Sunday 2 February. Feel free to get in touch with the G2H2 Secretariat for any related enquiries and stand by for a formal announcement expected to be published on the G2H2 website and sent out to G2H2 members and civil society colleagues on 8 January 2020.

G2H2 meeting website: 

146th Session of the WHO Executive Board
Feb 3 – Feb 8 all-day


“The WHO Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health. Members are elected for three-year terms. The main Board meeting, at which the agenda for the forthcoming Health Assembly is agreed upon and resolutions for forwarding to the Health Assembly are adopted, is held in January, with a second shorter meeting in May, immediately after the Health Assembly, for more administrative matters. The main functions of the Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.” (quoted from WHO website)

Geneva Launch of Legal Determinants of Health
Feb 5 @ 12:30 – 14:00

“Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to the Geneva launch of the Lancet-O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 12:30 – 2:00 PM in the UNAIDS Kofi A. Annan Conference Room at 20 Avenue Appia, Geneva.

The law is central to virtually all aspects of public health. Tobacco control laws aim to reduce smoking, food product regulations encourage healthy nutrition, vaccination laws have saved millions of lives, pollution laws and environmental regulations safeguard the public’s health in a myriad of ways, accessible justice systems allow communities to demand their health rights, anti-discrimination laws help ensure no one is left behind, and of course, law and regulation establish systems for universal health coverage (UHC). At the same time, laws can also have negative consequences for equitable health outcomes, leading to stigmatization of vulnerable populations or restricting the authority of governments to regulate for the public good.

During this Geneva based launch, panelists will discuss the report’s findings on the immense power of the law to advance the right to health and will demonstrate how the law is currently being used around the world to strengthen health systems and to improve health outcomes. These discussions will focus on the role of law in three thematic areas: achieving universal health coverage, criminal law as a barrier to accessing health care, and governance and cross-sectoral collaboration.

RSVP is required to attend, please register.”

Announcement received via e-mail from organizers
Website: Mailchimp

The Steps Beyond The Science – Paediatric Medicines For Infectious Diseases: Partnership Approaches To Accelerate Progress
Feb 6 @ 12:15 – 14:15

Join us to discover how partnerships can accelerate progress to treat infectious diseases for paediatric populations in developing nations.

The event

Date: 6 February, 2020, 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Venue: International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 17 Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Genève.

Speakers to include:

  • Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Zambia
  • Martina Penazzato, Paediatric HIV lead, World Health Organization
  • Helen McDowell, Head of Government Affairs & Global Public Health, ViiV Healthcare

Moderated by Claire Doole whose task will be to ensure the discussion focuses on the real case studies and evidence of progress made to date in advancing infectious disease treatments for paediatric populations and explore how lessons learnt can be applied across diseases. We will identify challenges and opportunities along the solution pathway – from product development to the downstream steps that require coordination and partnerships to secure treatment scale-up, delivery, national adoption, community engagement and capacity building.

A light lunch will be served.


Each year millions of children and adolescents die from preventable infectious diseases and mostly in the developing world. HIV/AIDS is the biggest killer of adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa and the second biggest killer of adolescents globally. TB has overtaken HIV as the world’s greatest infectious killer. And 405,000 people died of malaria in 2018, with 67% of these deaths in children under five.

New and effective medicines remain vital to addressing these unmet global health needs. And it is critical to ensure sustainable, timely and effective pathways to patients so that their impact is realised.

Developing and delivering treatments for paediatric populations presents unique challenges. Partnerships are essential in order to overcome these challenges and create opportunities for accelerating the impact of developments.

Organizers, contact, registration 

The event is part of the “Steps Beyond the Science” series. This series aims to gather multilateral organisations, governments, academia, civil society and industry to discuss pressing global health challenges and calls on all partners to take forward the insights they hear into their everyday work in global health, in order to catalyse action and make a difference to lives around the world. Previous discussions in the series have been held at WHA 2019 and UNGA 2019.

Organizers: GSK and ViiV healthcare

Register here.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Source: e-mail received from organizers
Published as a service for G2H2 members and others interested

Geneva Health Forum
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day

“The overall goal of the Geneva Health Forum is to promote innovative practices that improve care access, especially in resource-poor settings. To achieve this goal, the Geneva Health Forum aims to:

  • give visibility to innovative field experiences;
  • establish a critical and constructive dialogue and promote collaborations between global health actors from different sectors including practitioners, academics, policy makers, civil society and the private sector;
  • promote interaction between actions in the field and health policy development (linking policy and practice). This applies both to guiding policies through best practices and to facilitating policy diffusion at the field level.”

GHF theme 2020: Improving access to health: learning from the field

Seventy-third World Health Assembly
May 17 – May 21 all-day


…see the related decision by EB145: “The Executive Board decided that the Seventy-third World Health Assembly should be held at the Palais des Nations and the International Conference Centre in Geneva, opening on the afternoon of Sunday, 17 May 2020, and should close no later than Thursday, 21 May 2020. The Board further decided that the Programme, Budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board should hold its thirty-second meeting on Wednesday, 13 May to Friday, 15 May 2020, at WHO headquarters, Geneva.”

The Health for All Film Festival
May 17 – May 21 all-day

The following is quoted from the WHO website::

“WHO invites filmmakers to participate in our inaugural film festival

Film has the unique ability to make us feel. To make us laugh, cry and think. Through the creation of compelling human-interest stories, filmmakers have the potential to influence health and catalyze change. Films are a powerful way to raise awareness, improve understanding and encourage action. That’s why in May 2020, on the occasion of the 73rd World Health Assembly, WHO will host the first-ever Health for All Film Festival in Geneva.Whether you are an amateur filmmaker seeking to tell the story of change-makers in your community through the lens of your smartphone or you’re working with a production company to promote dialogue around global health challenges and solutions, WHO wants to see your story.

The Health for All Film Festival aims to put storytelling power in the hands of people and seeks to showcase the role of individuals and communities as champions for health and well-being.

Filmmakers are invited to submit a short video for one of the following categories. The first two categories are open to any health issue as defined in the application rules, the third category is for videos that have special focus on nurses or midwives for the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which will be celebrated in 2020.”

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