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Newsletter 08/2023: Register Now for WHS 2023 in Berlin

Dear friends,

Given the scale of today's challenges, fair international cooperation and partnership is the only way to face global threats, may it be with respect to peace, climate or health. The recent BRICS expansion underlines the need for cooperation, yet we need to work together globally and make sure that new and established mechanisms including the G7/G20, BRICS and many others are used to bring the world closer together and define common actions while respecting local differences.

We are less than two months away from the World Health Summit 2023 and we all look forward to be welcoming many of you in Berlin in a spirit of cooperation for global health.

Under the theme "A Defining Year for Global Health", we look forward to the diverse topics of this year's World Health Summit, including 75 years of WHO and crucial topics also reflected in the three UN high-level meetings on health in September: universal health coverage, tuberculosis, and strengthening of pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.

This year's program is updated daily with details on sessions and speakers - take a look and mark your favorites. And: Register now for on-site participation. The entire program will also be available live online for free for people around the world who may not be able to attend the event in person.

We will continue to provide you with updates and all info on #WHS2023, just follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Stay healthy and safe - and see you at the World Health Summit 2023!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit


On-Site Participation

WHS 2023 kicks off on October 15 - secure your spot for on-site participation now. If you need to apply for a visa to attend the World Health Summit 2023, please register as soon as possible. 

Digital Participation

Join the World Health Summit 2023 online live from all around the world and experience the entire program for free, without any registration required. 

You can follow all keynote sessions, panel discussions and workshops live on the World Health Summit YouTube channel. To access each session, simply click on the session of your interest in the online program and get the broadcasting link.

Opening Ceremony 

On Sunday, October 15 at 6PM CET, the opening ceremony will feature speakers including India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya, German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety of the European Union Stella Kyriakides, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ayoade Alakija, Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator), and Youth Envoy to the President of the UN 27th Climate Change Conference (COP27) Omnia El Omrani, among other high-level speakers. 

More opening speakers

Central Topics

- Learning from COVID-19 for Future Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response
- Recommitting to Universal Health Coverage
- Sustainable Health for People and Planet
- G7/G20 Measures to Enhance Global Health Equity and Security
- Harnessing the Power of Digital Technologies for Global Health
- World Health Organization’s 75th Anniversary
- Innovations to Accelerate the Fight Against Tuberculosis
- Implementing the European Union Global Health Strategy
- Global Financing Facility Resource Mobilization Event

More on the central topics

Speaker Confirmations

Visit the speaker page on our website to get the latest overview of who will be speaking at WHS 2023. 

Get all news on the World Health Summit 2023, Oct. 15-17 in Berlin & online.



World Health Summit Views brings you expert opinions on global health issues: Members of the WHS Council and the M8 Alliance leadership share their expertise on key questions in global health. What are the pressing challenges, the important demands to policy makers and the international community and how can we achieve Health for All? Check out forward-thinking insights from thought leaders in global health in World Health Summit Views.


Opinion piece by WHS Council Co-Chair Ilona Kickbusch 
Founding Director, Global Health Center, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Foto: Ilona Kickbusch

A New Economic Narrative for Health

The pledge to “leave no one behind” or the mantra to focus on “vulnerable populations” often skirts around the deeper structural determinants. The richest 10% of the global population currently takes 52% of global income, whereas the poorest half of the population earns 8.5% of it. That’s why the rich countries make the top of the SDG Index. The G20 health communiqué from August 2023 while calling for equitable access to health systems and medical countermeasures also does not dig deeper into the systemic reasons for the disparities. 

Global health has focused too much on calculating how expenditures for health benefit the economy. The final report of the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All turns this on its head: “alongside a healthy and sustainable environment, human health and wellbeing must be the ultimate goal of economic activity.”

New economic narratives are increasing as pressures mount. In an open letter to the Secretary General of the UN and the World Bank President, a group of economists and international leaders call for new strategic goals and indicators to tackle rising 'extreme inequality.' The dynamics for change now come from the Bridgetown Initiative which demands a reform of the Global Financial Architecture so that financial resources are targeted towards the SDGs and a rapid scaling up of investment in climate, public health, and education. This requires debt relief, new concessional lending, and new global mechanisms to finance global goods. Economists are beginning to realize that the current social and fiscal model is unsustainable, says Thomas Picketty. Politicians and global institutions must follow.



International students have never been more appealing to Germany. The largest economy in Europe will be facing a shortage of up to 240,000 skilled workers by 2026 in fields from education to healthcare and STEM. That's why government, industry, and academia are targeting fresh talent from abroad. And universities, where about 75,000 foreign students begin their studies each year, are the bull's eye. Studying and staying in Germany presents a big opportunity, but it's a challenge too. The new edition of the magazine ZEIT GERMANY, published by DIE ZEIT, Germany's leading weekly newspaper, helps to navigate it all and will be a guide through studying, researching, working and living in the country.

Enjoy reading the magazine here



For academia jobs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland feel free also to browse through – the academia job-market from ZEIT Verlag.
ZEIT Verlag has been a long-standing media partner of the World Health Summit.

Save the Date: Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Development Cooperation in Medicine 2023

The Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Development Cooperation in Medicine 2023 will be awarded on Tuesday, October 17 in Berlin. The award endowed with 100,000 € honors projects which contribute toward improving medical healthcare in developing countries along with those persons from organizations who are responsible for the projects. This year's award focuses on leprosy, one of the neglected tropical diseases.

More information 


Check out the latest info, recent projects, and upcoming events on the Charité Center for Global Health website


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