Geneva meetings and events:
Global health and related sectors

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.

Save the dates! More information and a registration form will follow soon!

Saturday 19 January to Tuesday 22 January 2019
PHM WHO Watch preparatory workshop
Contact: 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 and G2H2 Secretariat
Contact: Thomas

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 some key items on the agenda of the 144th Session of the WHO EB. We also hope to have some representatives of the WHO secretariat with us responding to the analysis provided.

  • Call to G2H2 members: If you want to feature a particular item on the EB agenda, please get in touch with the G2H2 Secretariat!
  • 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: G2H2 working group on “WHO and global health governance and financing” launched in December 2018
Contact: Thomas

Wednesday 23 January 2019, afternoon
After first two successful years: Which directions for G2H2?

Briefing on the current process of G2H2 positioning and planing, by invitation only (G2H2 members and civil society colleagues)
Contact: Thomas

Afternoon sessions follwed by a reception.

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)


FAO / WHO / WTO International Forum on Food Safety and Trade
Apr 23 – Apr 24 all-day

“With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionally affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict and migrants.

This joint conference will bring together Ministers of Health, Ministers of Agriculture, leading scientific experts, partner agencies as well as representatives of consumers, food producers and the private sector to:

  •  Identify key actions and strategies to address current and future challenges to food safety globally;
  • Strengthen commitment at the highest political level to scale up food safety in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ongoing changes in climate, global food production and supply systems affect consumers, industry and the planet itself. These changes can have an impact on food safety systems and pose sustainability and development challenges.

This is a pivotal moment demanding urgent international reflection on actions needed to bolster food safety, which will start in Addis Ababa and continue in Geneva. Priorities will be discussed so that food safety strategies and approaches can be aligned across sectors and borders, reinforcing efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and supporting the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition.

The First FAO/WHO/AU International Conference on Food Safety is being held ahead of the International Forum on Food Safety and Trade, organized by FAO, WHO and WTO in Geneva on 23-24 April 2019.”

Source: FAO