20 January 2017 – 30 January 2017 all-day
G2H2 and others

Starting on Tuesday, 17 January 2017
PHM WHO Watch and preparatory workshop

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Friday, 20 January 2017, 10-16 hrs
Civil society brainstorming meeting “Let’s talk: Economic determination of health policies and governance”

In addition to the “traditional” civil society strategy meeting taking place on Saturday (see below), the Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) invites civil society activists to a full day “brainstorming meeting” to be used for a conversation about basic references and objectives of our political work beyond and below the thematic silos and EB agenda items. In order to overcome a mostly reactive way of working, we propose to have more interaction on the complex realities and political agendas behind these processes and topics.

Referring to inspiring similar meetings in which some of us have participated over the last years, the organizers will provide, within a roughly defined structure, an open and democratic space for joint reflection and brainstorming, learning and sharing among activists engaged in global health (in a broad, interdisciplinary sense) but coming from various background, counting on all participants as experts and committed to engage in a free dialogue. If all works well, the quality of our conversation and not the concrete outcome in terms of agreed strategies, plans or statements will make the meeting remarkable – and lay a ground for the more concrete work and strategizing taking place on Saturday. As a theme, we propose “Let’s talk: Economic determinations of health policies and governance”.

Venue: Maison des Associations
Programme details: PDF
Concept note: PDF
Registration was open until 18 January
Contact for enquiries and input:


Friday, 20 January 2017, 16.30-18.30 hrs, followed by reception and buffet dinner
Geneva Global Health Hub: Planning the next year

The Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) is a membership-based association that was created in Geneva in May 2016 to provide a space and enable civil society to meet, share knowledge and create initiatives to advocate for more democratic global health governance. At this information meeting which is at the same time an Extraordinary General Meeting of the G2H2 association, we will reviewing the first months of activities and share/collect plans and proposals for 2017. The meeting will be followed by a reception and simple buffet dinner to celebrate the opening of the G2H2 Geneva secretariat and promote networking.

Venue: Maison des Associations
Annotated agenda: PDF
Contact for enquiries and input:


Saturday, 21 January 2017, 9.00 to 16.00 hrs
Civil society strategy meeting

The “new tradition” of civil society strategy meetings ahead of the meetings of the WHO Governing Bodies was launched in January 2015 when the MMI Network invited “colleagues from civil society organizations who have regularly participated, over the last years, in meetings of the WHO governing bodies and who have shown, in addition to the promotion of their own particular advocacy topic, a strong interest in defending and strengthening the regulatory, policy making and normative role of WHO.”

Ahead of EB140 a broader group of organizers including TNW, PHM and G2H2 will host another full day meeting of briefings and joint strategizing on key issues of the EB140 agenda, with half a day focusing on institutional/governance issues (WHO Financing, FENSA, the DG elections) and the other half day on other issues and agenda items to be selected and introduced by the WHO Watch team and all participants.

Venue: South Centre
Programme details: PDF
Registration was open until 18 January
Contact for enquiries and input:


Please note that all meetings are by invitation only, and space is limited. But feel free to get in touch with the G2H2 secretariat if you have not received a “save the date” message via e-mail and like to participate.

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