World Health Summit


A leading international forum for global health.
With science, politics, the private sector, and civil society – with inspiring talks, enhanced cooperations, and new solutions.

#WHS2021 Speakers

Welcome to #WHS2021

"We need to transform Universal Health Coverage to include universal health preparedness, prevention, and universal health solidarity."

Charles Ibingira 
World Health Summit International President 2021

"We need sustainable strategies for international health research cooperation, pandemic preparedness and response." 

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit President

"The worldwide pandemic has dramatically illustrated the need for concerted actions and unhindered exchange of knowledge and expertise."

Heyo Kroemer
CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

#WHS2021 High Patron Quotes

"The COVID‑19 pandemic continues to throw up significant challenges, such as new variants of the virus or the syndrome known as long COVID, which we can only overcome together. I am therefore delighted that in 2021 the World Health Summit is once again bringing together experts working in science, politics, nongovernmental organisations and civil society around the world."

"The central topics of this 13th annual World Health Summit highlight the complexities and challenges that we must collectively address to alleviate inequalities in access to health care and treatment, harness science and technology and ensure that we are adequately prepared to deal with any future health crisis. The European Union has a key role to play, and these issues will naturally be at the heart of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union."

"In these two years, we have experimented a wealth of creative solutions for our public health: on vaccine sharing, on joint procurement of protective equipment and medicines, on ramping up the
manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, on preparedness, let alone with the creation of the European Health Union. We are willing to share this experience with the world, and to learn from others who have also explored new solutions. The World Health Summit will be the perfect platform for this."

"In the coming months and years, other crises will demand our attention, and distract us from the urgency of taking action now. If the world continues down the same path, it will continue to get the same result, which is a world that is less healthy, less safe and less fair. Although the pandemic has robbed us of so much, it also gives us a unique opportunity to make real and lasting change for a healthier, safer and fairer future. The World Health Summit is an essential forum for the high-level discussions we need to move towards that future."

Angela Merkel
Chancellor, Germany

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

Ursula von der Leyen
President, European Commission

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

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