We are only a couple of weeks away from this year’s World Health Summit. Reflecting on these past months of living in the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hopeful that this global health crisis emphasizes the essential nature of international, multilateral cooperation and will lead to the strengthening of multinational structures and organizations, especially the World Health Organization (WHO). The Academies of Sciences and Medicine under the umbrella of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and other members of our M8 Alliance and the research community as a whole are important role models for successful international cooperation.
The World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance provide an ever more important forum for science, industry, civil society and politics. We are looking forward to welcoming so many diverse speakers from different organizations who contribute tremendously to advancing science and educating the public. An educated public is more important than ever in this unprecedented health crisis to understand the voice of science and to understand the necessary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
At the World Health Summit 2020, we comply with all official stipulations, implement necessary measures, and follow all rules regarding hygiene, protective gear, distancing, number of participants to do our part to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Additionally, all sessions will be broadcast online live for all digital participants. This will not require any registration. Participation in the digital World Health Summit is free of charge; each session will be accessible via a separate link in the program.
As we continue to prepare this new hybrid World Health Summit 2020, we will continue to provide you with updates, particularly via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and of course, via this newsletter.
Please remain healthy, keep safe and join us for the World Health Summit 2020, October 25 to 27 in Berlin and digital!