The World Health Summit is one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health. Every October it brings together leaders from politics, science and medicine, the private sector, and civil society to set the agenda for a healthier future. 300 speakers and 2,500 participants from 100 countries take part.

The three pillars of the World Health Summit:
Global challenges: Discuss and debate topics such as chronic disease, the application of modern technologies, vaccination and immunization, the promotion of innovation, and interdisciplinary cooperation in health-care research.
Global responsibilities: Advances in medicine have to reach people faster and more effectively. Sustainable approaches must play a central role in this process.
Global networking: International figures and bodies from the fields of science, politics, business, and civil society come together to promote and strengthen cooperative efforts.


  • At the World Health Summit 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin signed a memorandum of understanding on global health. "As outlined in a memorandum of understanding, the World Health Organization and Charité will continue working together to accelerate progress in health-related Sustainable Development Goals by promoting and supporting WHO’s five-year strategic plan during the World Health Summit. As part of the collaboration, the World Health Summit will serve as a platform to provide annual updates on the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All, an initiative of 12 leading international agencies to coordinate their activities to improve global health and meet health-related SDG targets."
  • At the World Health Summit 2018, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) presented the "Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All" aimed at aligning cooperation among major global health organizations to help reach UN health target. The document had been signed by eleven leading global health organizations the same day.
  • At the World Health Summit 2018, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance collaboration and cooperation in global health.
  • At the World Health Summit 2013 the World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health (WFAIGH) was officially established.
  • At the World Health Summit 2013, the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin (CVV) was established. Close cooperation between the Faculty of Medicine of Paris Descartes University, the Charité, and the World Health Summit are the basis for the joint undertaking.


"The international community has set itself the goal of ensuring that every woman, man and child in the world has the chance of a healthy life. The World Health Summit shows that this goal does not have to remain a mere wish. This extraordinary dialogue forum is a particularly rich source of new solutions and ideas of benefit to humankind."

Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

"Over the years, the World Health Summit has become a major forum for addressing global health issues in a cross-cutting manner by bringing together all relevant stakeholders on an international level, especially this year for its tenth anniversary and thanks to the partnership with the Grand Challenge Annual Meeting."

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

"Every year, the World Health Summit gives us the opportunity to pause for a second and review what we have achieved."

Jens Spahn
Minister of Health, Germany

"WHO is delighted to strengthen its collaboration with the World Health Summit, which is now one of the foremost gatherings in global health."

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

"Berlin has become a hotspot for global health. I’m convinced that global health has become the important topic connecting medicine, universities, the private sector, and NGOs."

Heyo Kroemer
CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany


"What I like very much about the World Health Summit is that it brings together scientists, experts, and policy makers. And this interface is very important for evidence based policy making."

Zsuzsanna Jakab
Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization (WHO)

"The World Health Summit really has put Germany on the map in terms of Global Health leadership. But also it brings together people who work in Global Health who are normally not sitting in the same room. That in itself is a major achievement and a necessity for future achievements."

Peter Piot
Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

"Germany has become a very important global health actor and much will be expected of Germany – and therefore much will be expected of the World Health Summit: to set agendas, to report on progress and to involve the global community in an exciting and forwardlooking manner."

Ilona Kickbusch
International Advisory Board Chair, Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland

"I think the World Health Summit is a success story. The most important development in my opinion is that it changed from elder people like me to very young people who come from all over the world to Berlin. They are so enthusiastic – it could not be better. It is the only event at which industry, science and politics come together to discuss difficult issues on healthcare all over the world."

Karl Max Einhäupl
CEO (2008-2019), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany