World Health Summit 2020

6.000 Participants - 300 Speakers - 100 Nations - 50 Sessions

October 25 - 27, Completely Digital

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Summit took place as a fully digital, interactive conference with cost-free availability of the entire program. All 50 keynote sessions, panel discussions and workshops were broadcast live digitally.

The COVID-19 pandemic shows how essential the improvement of global health is and how crucial the strengthening of international and interdisciplinary cooperation remains. A meeting like the World Health Summit, where leading international experts from science, politics, business, and civil society come together, couldn't be more important. The World Health Summit and its academic backbone, the M8 Alliance, are confident that only with collaboration and mutual assistance beyond borders this global health crisis can be tackled.


Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

Ursula von der Leyen
President of the European Commission

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

World Health Summit Presidents

Charles Ibingira
Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

Detlev Ganten
Founding President,
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Central Topics

  • Pandemic Preparedness in the Age of COVID-19: Global Cooperation not Competition
  • Strengthening the Role of the European Union in Global Health
  • Climate Change and Health: Risks and Responses
  • Partnership for the Goals: United Nations’ 75th Anniversary
  • Accelerating the SDG3 Global Action Plan for Health and Well-Being
  • Translational Research: Advancing Innovative Treatments
  • Digital Health & AI for Pandemic Preparedness

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M8 Alliance Declaration


We would like to thank each and every partner who contributes to the World Health Summit.

Photos and Videos




Entrepreneurs in Global Health

Due to COVID-19, Entrepreneurs in Global Health could not be realized in 2020.

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Young Physician Leaders

Due to COVID-19, Young Physician Leaders could not be realized in 2020.

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Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together

At the World Health Summit 2020, the publication "Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together" was launched. Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the UN General Assembly, it calls on world leaders and politicians to unite in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other imminent and long-term threats to population health and the global economy. It is the latest in a series of titles produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the first of which – Health: A Political Choice – called for UHC. It is an official publication of the Global Governance Project produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Satellite Events

In the Shadow of COVID-19: Deadly Diseases on the Rise? COVID19's impact on the fight against other epidemics and programme sustainability

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Protecting and investing in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in a COVID-19 impacted world

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The Legacy of COVID-19 on Universal Health Coverage in Ghana and Beyond

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Exchange with the next generation of global health leaders

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World Health Summit Regional Meeting

 The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2020 in Kampala, Uganda had to be postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the official statement on the postponement here.

Host: Makerere University
Date:  postponed to June 27-30, 2021
Location:  Kampala, Uganda

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