"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, 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

"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

"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


  • At the World Health Summit 2018, the Director-General of the World Health Organization 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 ceremonial opening of the World Health Summit 2018 with 1,000 participants from politics, science, industry and civil society, Jens Spahn, the German Federal Minister of Health, announced that Germany will be supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) with 115 million Euros for the next four years. 
  • 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 2018.
  • 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 on April 15, 2013. Close cooperation between the Faculty of Medicine of Paris Descartes University, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and the World Health Summit are the basis for the joint undertaking.
  • An agreement for two university chairs for the CVV was signed during the World Health Summit 2013.

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