Geneva meetings and events:
Global health and related sectors

How ending malaria transforms the world
Apr 25 @ 17:00 – 18:30

“After a consistent decline over decades, the rate of malaria infections is on the rise again, threatening the hard-fought progress globally. Malaria eradication is critical to achieving not only SDG target 3.3, but also other goals, including SDGs 1, 2, 5 and 8. Therefore the political will to continue investing in public health needs to be sustained. This panel discussion, held to mark the 10th World Malaria Day, will explore the challenges and ways forward in reaching the 2030 SDG Goal of ending the epidemic.

The event will be preceded by an art installation and ceremony at the Place des Nations at 16:00, a short walking distance from Maison de la paix, and followed by a networking reception.

16:00 10th World Malaria Day Ceremony, Place des Nations, Genève
Art installation

17:00 Public event at Maison de la paix
High-Level Roundtable. Speakers include:

  • Awa Coll-Seck, Minister of State, Senegal; Board Member, RBM Partnership to End Malaria
  • Kesete Admasu, CEO, RBM Partnership to End Malaria; former Minister of Health of Ethiopia
  • Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Minghui Ren, Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases, World Health Organization
  • Marina Carobbio Guscetti, Vice-President of the Swiss National Council
  • Thomas Gass, Ambassador and Vice-Director Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, Ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

18:30 Networking reception
Supported by the City and the Canton of Geneva”

Event organised by the Swiss Malaria Group, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Global Health Centre
Source: Graduate Institute

Meeting of the International Advisory Group on Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage
Apr 26 @ 9:59 – Apr 27 @ 10:59

An informal announcement of a “Meeting of the International Advisory Group on Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage” can be found on the WHO website as follows:

“Achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals
Declaration on Primary Health Care: Have your say!

In 2018, 40 years after the Declaration of Alma-Ata, Member States, people, civil society and international development partners will commit to strengthening primary health care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. Our collective commitment and action are required in order to achieve this goal. In this inclusive spirit, we hope you will share your comments on the new Declaration on primary health care.

Following this period of public consultation, the Declaration will be reviewed by the International Advisory Group on Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage on April 26-27. An updated draft Declaration will then undergo an informal consultation process with Member States in Geneva, Switzerland starting in May.”

Source: WHO Website
No details (event, venue, background and composition of the group) are available to us at this stage.

Governing Digital Health: Beyond ownership and regulation
Apr 26 @ 12:00 – 13:30
“Digital health technologies, solutions and approaches to decision-making are transforming the delivery of healthcare, and involve a complex web of stakeholders, such as government ministries (health, ICT, finance), decentralised levels of government, civil society organisations, private providers and vendors, health consumers, and patients. A digital health governance framework that responds to a dynamic health sector and addresses political, economic, security, ethical and other challenges is needed. Relevant issues include public and citizen engagement and ownership; data transparency, regulation and structures; and Big Data analytics. Furthermore, accountability and training needs are different but interlinked aspects of these challenges.

What policies and decisions are needed to govern digital health? How can we ensure that the advancements in digital health and artificial intelligence will improve the quality of health care delivery and foster health equity?

Join this public event to participate in this timely debate!



  • Michaela Told, Deputy and Executive Director, Global Health Centre

Panel discussion with

  • Rajiv Kumar Chander, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Ernst Hafen, Co-founder and President of the Board,
  • Peter Cuipers, Healthcare Partners & Alliances Executive Europe, IBM Switzerland
  • Effy Vayena, Professor of Bioethics, ETH Zurich TBC

Closing remarks

  • Stefan Germann, CEO, Fondation Botnar
This event is moderated by Michaela Told and organised as part of the GHC Executive Course on Engaging in Multi-Stakeholder Diplomacy for Health.”

Source, information, registration: Graduate Institute

Civil society meetings ahead of the 71st World Health Assembly: Translating “Health for All” into the Present and Future (Friday) – Key items on the WHA agenda (Saturday morning) – AMR: are we off track? (Saturday afternoon)
May 18 – May 19 all-day

The civil society meetings ahead of the 71st World Health Assembly will take place on Friday 18 May and Saturday 19 May 2018 at the Ecumenical Centre. All meetings are by invitation. Please get in touch with the G2H2 secretariat if you have not received an individual or institutional invitation and like to participate.


Friday, 18 May 2018,  Full day civil society workshop
40 Years of Alma-Ata: Translating “Health for All” into the Present and Future

The Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 emerged as a major milestone in the field of global public health. Referring to the social, political and structural determinants of health, emphasizing the importance of accountability to the people, and proposing comprehensive Primary Health Care (PHC) as key to the attainment of the goal of Health for All, the Declaration still reads as a visionary and revolutionary text.

2018 is the year of commemorating and celebrating 40 years of the Alma-Ata declaration. The official “AA40” celebration will take place on 25-26 October 2018 in Kazakhstan. In our full-day workshop, we will critically revisit the Alma-Ata Declaration and the core principles expressed in it (in particular: addressing determinants of health; global solidarity for health equity; accountability to the people and communities, access to comprehensive health care services for all through a system structured around the principles of Comprehensive Primary Health Care) for its potential to be used as inspiration and guidance in our quest for Health for All.

The workshop is organized by the G2H2 Task Group “40 Years of Alma-Ata”, with representatives of Brot für die Welt, Difäm, medico international, MMI Network, People’s Health Movement, World Council of Churches and World Federation of Mental Health and supported by the G2H2 Secretariat.



Saturday, 19 May 2018, 9.00-10.45 hrs
Geneva Global Health Hub: Second Annual General Meeting 

The Members of the Geneva Global Health Hub will discuss and adopt the 2017 financial statement and narrative report and the budget for the current year 2018 and elect the G2H2 Steering Committee for the period 2018-2020.

G2H2 members have been invited to the AGM by e-mail. Civil society partners are welcome to attend the meeting as observers.

“We build a strong civil society space in Geneva
for more democratic global health governance.”


Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11.00-13.15 hrs
Key Items on the Agenda of the 71st World Health Assembly
and the 143rd Session of the WHO Executive Board

Introductions by the WHO Watch team (People’s Health Movement) will be followed by plenary discussions

  • Registration is required (deadline: Monday, 14 May 2018):
    Register here
  • Contact/enquiries: Mirza Alas
  • The official WHA and EB documentation can be found here.



Saturday, 19 May 2018, 14.00-17.00 hrs
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Are We Off Track?

The AMR session will take the form of Round Tables with extensive discussions with the audience. We believe that everyone has something to contribute and wish to conduct this as brainstorming rather than questions and answers.

The session is organized and chaired by Garance Upham, WAAAR. The session topic was selected by G2H2 based on a call for proposals.



Saturday, 19 May 2018, 17.00-19.00 hrs
“Cheese, wine and chocolate”

Networking and tasting buffet for meeting participants and guests
organized and hosted by Garance and her great team

WHA71: Technical briefings, other meetings at the Palais des Nations and side events – an overview
May 19 – May 26 all-day

We will publish here, starting in early May, an overview of meetings taking place during the 71st World Health Assembly at the Palais des Nations and in town:

  • Technical Briefings organized by the WHO Secretariat and open to WHA delegates
    (source: WHA Journal)
  • Meetings at the Palais des Nations organized by WHO Member States and open to WHA delegates
    (source: WHA Journal)
  • WHA Side events at the Palais des Nations organized by non-State Actors in official relations with WHO
    (source: WHO Secretariat)
  • other meetings taking place in the WHA week organized by various actors

For events at the Palais des Nations, WHA registration (badge)  is required.
Send your announcements of meetings outside the Palais des Nations to:
Enquiries about particular events: Please get in touch with the organizer

Geneva Global Health Hub: Second Annual General Meeting
May 19 @ 9:00 – 10:45

“Since its launch two years ago, the Geneva Global Health Hub has steadily grown in membership and visibility, amplifying civil society voices in global health debates in Geneva. In January this year, we had two further very inspiring meetings in which several of you participated. We look forward to seeing many of you again in May, on the occasion of the World Health Assembly.

Accordingly we have the pleasure to invite you to the second ordinary Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the G2H2 Association on 19 May 2018. At the AGM, and as Members of G2H2, you will be invited to discuss and adopt the 2017 financial statement and narrative report and the budget for the current year 2018.

The AGM will elect the G2H2 Steering Committee for the period 2018-2020: you will see the call for new candidates enclosed. And we will propose to the AGM to amend the G2H2 statutes to introduce individual membership.

The AGM will be held at the Ecumenical Centre (WCC Building) where also the G2H2 secretariat is located. Further civil society meetings organized by G2H2 and its working groups will take place on Friday 18 May and, after the G2H2 AGM, on Saturday 19 May. A first announcement of these events and a registration form that includes AGM registration will be sent to you by mid-April, in a few days’ time.”

Invitation sent to G2H2 members, by Andreas Wulf, President


The Annual General Meeting is open for G2H2 members. Civil society partners are welcome to attend the AGM as observers.

  • Registration is required (deadline: Monday, 14 May 2018): Register here
  • The AGM documentation can be ordered at the G2H2 secretariat
  • Civil society meetings ahead of the World Health Assembly, 18-19 May 2018: Full details are available here
  • G2H2 members and membership: see here – and join the hub!
  • Contact/enquiries: G2H2 Secretariat



Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge
May 20 @ 10:00 – 13:00

“As part of celebrations of the World Health Organization’s 70th anniversary in 2018, WHO is staging a major health promotion event in Geneva on the eve of the 71st World Health Assembly.

The free walk/run event, titled Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge, will be open to people of all ages and abilities and be held over three distances (short 3 kilometres, medium 5 kilometres and long 8 kilometres). These connected routes will build a bridge between “international” and “local” Geneva and Lac Leman by linking key health, international and touristic landmarks found in the city.

Other activities and interactive events will be located along the routes.

Aims of the event

  • To raise awareness and profile of the work and goals of WHO and other global health agencies based in Geneva, highlighting the city’s role as a global health capital in improving global health.
  • Engage World Health Assembly delegates, the UN family and the Geneva community in a celebration of WHO’s 70th birthday.
  • Launch a global movement to promote health and particularly physical activity as part of a healthy sustainable future

WHO has been joined by Geneva authorities, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva, Permanent Missions to the UN offices in Geneva, and other interested parties in staging the event.

Governments, community groups, advocates of health and members of the public around the world are encouraged to stage similar events during 2018 as part of WHO’s 70th anniversary and in support of promoting healthier lifestyles and access to health for all through universal health coverage.


Paul Garwood:

Source: WHO

71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) and related events
May 21 – May 26 all-day

“The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 WHO Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization. The Health Assembly appoints the Director-General, supervises the financial policies of the Organization, and reviews and approves the Proposed programme budget. It similarly considers reports of the Executive Board, which it instructs in regard to matters upon which further action, study, investigation or report may be required.” (Source: WHO)

Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global Challenge
May 23 all-day

“A one-day intensive training course, consisting of interactive presentations, discussions and practical problem exercises engaging in lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in antimicrobial resistance.

The workshop program will include topics on:

  • The complexity of resistance
  • AMR as a risk for health, security and development
  • AMR surveillance and research
  • Optimization of the use of antimicrobial agents
  • Common problems and possible solutions for programmatic management of AMR
  • International aspects of antimicrobial resistance
  • Actors and partnership to fight AMR
  • Sustainable investments for AMR
  • AMR action plan & health system strengthening”

Source and more info:

First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health
Oct 30 @ 14:43 – Nov 1 @ 15:43

Improving air quality, combatting climate change – saving lives

“The Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, 30 October – 1 November 2018 is the first-ever global event to focus on both Air Pollution and Health. Participants will include Ministers of Health and Environment and other national government representatives; representatives of intergovernmental agencies, health professionals, other sectors (e.g. transport, energy, etc.), as well as from research, academia and civil society. The conference will also advance collaborations between WHO and sister UN agencies.

The Conference responds to a World Health Assembly mandate to combat one of the world’s most significant causes of premature mortality, causing some 6.5 million deaths annually. Air pollution in most cities exceeds recommended WHO Air Quality levels. Household air pollution is a leading killer in poor rural and urban homes. Up to 1/3 of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. Affordable strategies exist to reduce key pollution emissions from the transport, energy, agriculture, waste, and housing sectors. Health conscious strategies can reduce climate change and support Sustainable Development Goals for Health, Energy and Cities.

Conference aims and outcomes

The conference will feature a “Call for Urgent Action” with agreement on a target for reducing the 6.5 million deaths a year due to air pollution by 2030, as a contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Countries, urban mayors and civil society will be invited to make commitments to the global advocacy campaign to meet WHO Air Quality Guidelines and reduce climate emissions. The conference will underline the links between air pollution and the global epidemic of NCDs and position the health sector to catalyse actions for health-wise policies on clean household energy, transport and waste.

Conference sessions and activities

Conference sessions will cover themes such as: Science and Evidence, including the latest on health effects, forecasting and monitoring, and extreme events; Methods and Tools for Informed Decisions – estimating health impacts and planning interventions in sectors like transport, energy and waste, as developed by the Urban Health Initiative; Strategies and solutions being adopted by countries and cities to improve air quality at urban and household level; Cross-sector collaborations between health, environment and development sectors to reduce air pollution and mitigate climate change; Partnerships and Advocacy with countries and cities, UN partners, development agencies, research, university and civil society.


The Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, 30 October – 1 November 2018 will be organized at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, in collaboration with UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization and the Secretariat of the UNFCCC. Invitations will be issued in the first quarter of 2018. Remote participation will be facilitated by webcasting and live-streaming of the sessions. For more information contact:

Conference logistics

Source, background, updates: WHO conference website