Geneva meetings and events:
Global health and related sectors

Antimicrobial Resistance in War Zones – A Call for Action
Nov 22 @ 17:00 – 19:00

“Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a pressing global crisis affecting populations worldwide. In conflict areas, recurrent and chronic infections coupled with scarce resources, the targeting of healthcare infrastructure and the lack of effective governance mechanisms drive the emergence and subsequent global spread of AMR.

Despite the United Nations call for action on AMR, and the substantial momentum and efforts being invested to build a framework for the Global Governance of AMR, little to no attention has been paid to the issues posed by AMR in conflicts. What measures should be taken to address AMR in war zones? How can global efforts to implement governance mechanisms to tackle AMR integrate the importance and role of conflict zones?”

Source, registration: Graduate Institute, Global Health Centre

The Overlapping Crises of Democracy, Globalisation and Global Governance – What does it mean for global health?
Dec 3 all-day

“Governance of global health has to adapt to political, economic and social changes. The current context of accelerating globalisation combined with the increasing attacks on democracy and good governance poses a new set of challenges. What needs to be done to ensure a smooth navigation through various intertwined crises of, among others, climate, commercial influence on health and prolonged conflicts? How to grasp the opportunities of increasing citizen participation, rise of new economies and people and workforce moving more freely across cities and borders

This event celebrates the first 10 years of the Global Health Centre since its creation in 2008. We will take the opportunity to look back and at the same time will also cast a vision for the future, exploring the trends that will likely shift and shape the next ten years of governance for health.”

Source and registration: Global Health Centre

Symposium: Alternative Perspectives of the World Bank and its Influence on Global Health Development
Jan 21 – Jan 23 all-day

“The Global Health Governance Group will host a 3-day international workshop, sponsored by the Brocher Foundation, on ‘Alternative Perspectives of the World Bank and its Influence on Global Health Development’. The event will bring together experts in health policy, economics, anthropology, history, and public health to discuss the development of global health policies at the World Bank. The workshop will broadly consider how to better integrate Global South perspectives in approaching the history and influence of global health institutions. Stay tuned to our website in 2018 to learn more about workshop speakers and logistics.”

Source: Global Health Governance Group, University of Edinburgh 

October 2018: Call for applications from researchers from non-OECD countries and residing in Geneva to attend the symposium

23 January 2019: Civil society meetings ahead of the 144th Session of the WHO Executive Board
Jan 23 all-day

Scheduling the G2H2 civil society events related to the 144th Session of the WHO Executive Board in January 2019 is more tricky than in the last years. This is related to the fact that the WHO EB Session is scheduled from THURSDAY (24 January) to FRIDAY (1 February), with one day break in-between, on Sunday 27 January.

At its recent meeting, and having assessed various options, the G2H2 SC agreed on the following schedule of civil society meetings related to the EB meeting and asked the secretariat to issue two related calls for input/proposals. Please find them below.

Save the dates and respond to the calls below!
More information and a registration form will follow in December.

Saturday 19 January to Tuesday 22 January 2019
PHM WHO Watch preparatory workshop
Contact: Amit and Gargeya

Wednesday, 23 January 2019, morning
Key items on the WHO EB agenda
Open session for G2H2 members, civil society colleagues and other EB participants
Lead: PHM WHO Watch
Contact: Amit and Gargeya

Compared with the minimal slot we could provide for this traditional session at the civil society meeting in May, we will have considerably more time (3 hours) for a thorough review and discussion of key items on the agenda of the 144th Session of the WHO EB. The input for the Wednesday morning session will be mainly prepared and presented by the participants of PHM WHO Watch.

  • Call to G2H2 members: If you want to feature a particular item on the EB agenda, please get in touch with the G2H2 Secretariat or directly with Amit and Gargeya.
  • Deadline: 31 December 2018

Wednesday 23 January 2019, afternoon
WHO Financing and Governance

Closed strategy meeting, by invitation only (G2H2 members and civil society colleagues)
Lead: Core group of a future G2H2 working group to be launched at the workshop
Contact: G2H2 Secretariat

Meeting followed by a reception.

Wednesday 23 January 2019, evening
G2H2 positioning and planning: Preliminary conclusions and way ahead
G2H2 SC meeting (open for members)
Contact: G2H2 Secretariat

Sunday 27 January 2019
G2H2 hosted civil society briefing(s) for EB delegates and missions (?)
Implementation, timing and modalities (lunch time?) to be confirmed
Contact: G2H2 Secretariat

The particular schedule of the upcoming EB meeting would allow G2H2 (or any member) to invite EB delegates and representatives of the Geneva missions for a meeting on Sunday, when, to our knowledge, no EB sessions are scheduled. Topics of such a civil society briefing or a series of briefings could be:

  • Binding Treaty on TNCs and human rights – the health perspective
  • A civil society look at the WHO Investment Case
  • WHO governance challenges – a civil society perspective
  • etc.

Please note that the Sunday briefing(s) will only take place if, within the given deadline, a G2H2 member, a group of members or a working group submits a convincing proposal to the G2H2 SC. The SC will assess the proposals at its meeting on 5 December. If the briefing is confirmed, the Secretariat will be asked to provide, if requested, some support to the organizers, in particular for hosting and promoting the event through the G2H2 communication channels and reaching out to the Geneva missions and the WHO Secretariat.

  • Call to G2H2 members: If you have a particular topic to share and discuss with the WHO EB delegates and the Geneva missions and if you are able to take the lead in the preparation and implementation of two hours briefing on Sunday, 27 January, please submit an outline/proposal to the G2H2 SC, via Secretariat.
  • Deadline (strictly): 30 November 2018

Contact and enquiries. Thomas Schwarz,

144th Session of the WHO Executive Board
Jan 24 – Feb 1 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)

The draft provisional agenda of EB 144 is now available on the WHO website.
For once, the EB meeting will not start on Monday, but only on Thursday (24 January).
Find the first announcment of the related civil society events here.