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Newsletter 09/2023: WHS 2023 is Just Around the Corner

Dear friends,

In less than two weeks we will all gather in Berlin at the World Health Summit 2023 from Oct. 15-17. Under the motto “A Defining Year for Global Health Action”, all relevant stakeholders will push the agenda for a healthier future jointly. We will continue the debates of the recent three High-Level Meetings on global health at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, which are considered historic events. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating its 75 years anniversary. All that within the mission to find new approaches to achieve SDG 3: Healthy lives and well-being for all.

You can look forward to a program packed with critical issues in more than 60 sessions and with well above 300 speakers from all regions of the world and all sectors, among them 20 ministers and numerous government representatives. Meet the brightest minds in global health, thought leaders and inspiring, forward thinking people and exchange perspectives.

Make sure not to miss the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, October 15, with high-level speakers like the German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach, his French counterpart Aurélien Rousseau, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, one of our High Patrons, Omnia El Omrani, Youth Envoy to the UN 27th Climate Change Conference as well as many other important voices in global health. Ayoade Alakija in her role as World Health Summit ambassador will guide us through the evening.

We would be delighted to have you join the discussions: There is still time to register and to become part of the World Health Summit 2023 in Berlin. For those who can’t make it to Berlin, the entire program will be available online worldwide.

Visit our online program and follow #WHS2023 on TwitterLinkedInInstagram, and Facebook for latest updates and insights.

See you at the World Health Summit 2023!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit


We look forward to welcoming you to the 15th edition of the World Health Summit from October 15-17 in Berlin and online. Find the latest information below and in case you haven't registered yet, here is your last chance.

Speaker Confirmations

We expect the most prominent names in global health from all sectors in all regions of the world. More than 20 ministers from around the world will be joining, numerous renowned scientists, and high-level representatives from the private sector as well as civil society.

More 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
- Global Financing Facility Resource Mobilization Event

More on the central topics 


We are honored to again call the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus high patrons of the World Health Summit 2023. Thank you for your continued support of the World Health Summit.

Photo: Olaf Scholz Credit: Federal Government/Thomas Köhler

"The Summit brings together a wide range of views and provides an environment for open discussions. You are thus laying the foundation for political decisions based on knowledge and good sense. When disinformation campaigns threaten to discredit research findings, help can be found by engaging in scientific dialogue and by pooling expertise. The WHS and you as its participants embody both these elements."

Olaf Scholz
Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany

Emmanuel Macron

"Our ambition: a world where vulnerable countries are better equipped to face future crises, including pandemics, and where we can guarantee the fundamental right to health for all."

Emmanuel Macron
President, Republic of France

"The challenges we face in global health can seem daunting. No single country or agency can address these challenges alone. Let’s learn the lesson of the COVID pandemic: when we work together, we can overcome anything."

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

Read the welcome messages

Outlook Session - WHS 2023 Conclusions & Perspectives

Join the last session of the WHS 2023 to wrap up the main conclusions from three days of discussions. This session will share perspectives for the future including insights in the program of work of the two upcoming G7 and G20 presidencies, Italy and Brazil. The Brazilian Minister of Health Nísia Verônica Trindade Lima will be joined by her Italian counterpart Orazio Schillaci (digital participation) as well as the French Minister of Higher Education and Research Sylvie Retailleau, among other global health experts.

All outlook session info

Special Events & Side Meetings

During and around the World Health Summit there are numerous partner meetings, special events, and launches. Get all info on our Side Events page.

A major special event is the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Resource Mobilization Event on Monday, October 16, 2:00-3:30 PM CEST: A pledging moment supported by representatives from the governments of Germany, the Netherlands and Côte d'Ivoire. GFF will showcase accelerated efforts and commitments from global and country partners on advancing the rights and opportunities of women, children and young people.

Find out more

How to Participate

Use your last chance now to register for on-site participation at the WHS 2023 in Berlin. The entire program will also be available live online for free for people around the world who may not be able to travel to Berlin. YouTube livestream links for each session are available in the online program. Set your reminders now to not miss you favorite sessions.

Press and Media

The World Health Summit 2023 is fully open to the press. Journalists who intend to report on WHS 2023 can request accreditation for on-site participation until Wednesday, Oct. 11. Digital participation is possible without prior accreditation.

Please visit our Press Kit and find all press releases on WHS 2023 here.


"All medical research is global health research": Special Publication on Global Health in DIE ZEIT

Global health is the topic of a special advertorial publication in DIE ZEIT, including the lead article on the World Health Summit 2023 as well as an interview with WHS president Axel R. Pries. He comments on the flawed financing of WHO as well as Germany's chance to take on a leadership role in global health.  
The three pages on global health include information on the M8 Alliance and WHS partner German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA). 

Read the special publication (German only)


COVID-19 Lessons, Free Trade and Industrial Politics: The Globalization Mismatch

"We are facing a 'globalization mismatch' whereby science and industry operate effectively at the global scale while politics remains focused on a national one," is WHS president Axel R. Pries's take on the current barriers to effective international cooperation in Think Global Health.

Read the opinion piece


The Sustainable Development Goals: Joint Goals Need Joint Action

"Achieving the SDGs requires a long-term outlook involving more than just financial investments; it calls for dedication, innovation, collaboration and strong leadership prioritising the well-being of people and planet." WHS president Axel R. Pries reflects on the halfway point of the Agenda 2030 in the G20 publication by the Global Governance Project and calls for accountability measures such as independent monitoring to reverse recent negative trends.

Read the advocacy piece


Universal health coverage (UHC) is crucial to reaching “SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being for all”, yet the progress towards it has stalled in recent years, to large parts due COVID-19. Scaling up political commitment across the globe will be central to achieving UHC. Practical solutions, including the use of telemedicine as well as open-source digital health solutions, will be key accelerators of UHC progress on which the ambassadors of India and Kenya shared valuable examples. 

The World Health Summit hosted the recent WHS Global Health Dialogue in early September on "Recommitting to universal health coverage" together with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNICEF.

More information on the WHS Global Health Dialogues page


Virchow Prize for Global Health 2023: Rose Leke Is Second Laureate

Cameroonian scientist Rose Gana Fomban Leke is being honored for her distinctive and exceptional lifetime achievements comprising outstanding contributions to global health, pioneering infectious disease research towards a malaria-free world and relentless dedication in advancing gender equality. The award ceremony will take place on October 14 in Berlin and online, on the eve of the WHS 2023. 

Read more and watch the livestream

Economist Impact: Opportunity for Generational Change

From addressing barriers to equitable access to embedding well-being as a critical element of the climate change discord, David Humphreys, global head of health at Economist Impact and WHS 2023 speaker along with his team of policy experts, clinicians and specialists explore the key issues that will shape the future of global health. 

Read here

Berlin Institute of Health (BIH): Global Health AI and Robotics

The mission of our longstanding partner and also member of Charité family the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) is medical translation: transferring biomedical research findings into novel approaches to personalized prediction, prevention, diagnostics and therapies and, conversely, using clinical observations to develop new research ideas. At WHS 2023, BIH professor Petra Ritter chairs the panel “Global Health AI and Robotics”, which will highlight the potential of AI and robotics in revolutionizing healthcare, also covering Europe’s newly launched Testing and Experimentation Facilities

YES!CON: Germany’s Largest Cancer Convention in Berlin

Cancer needs communication - this is the motto of Germany's largest cancer convention YES!CON by yeswecan!cer on Oct. 14. Join experts, doctors, stakeholders, and patients in various sessions and audience activities that will focus on innovation, information, interaction, exchange and motivation. 

Program and registration


The World Health Summit would like to thank its media partners, including:

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, provides unbiased journalism in 32 languages for a global audience, reflecting different regional perspectives. DW actively supports those who stand up for democracy, human rights and civil society. By staying one step ahead of censors worldwide, we enable free access to objective information about global health care and scientific developments. With a proxy server developed in-house and accessible through DW’s app, DW’s content is available as a source of information despite censorship efforts:

ZEIT Publishing Group is one of Europe's most renowned media houses with a broad digital offer and education program. The centerpiece is DIE ZEIT: With a circulation of over 600,000 copies sold and more than two million readers, the weekly newspaper is Germany's leading quality newspaper. It is a medium of orientation and a platform for democratic discourse in our society.

The Tagesspiegel is number one in Berlin in terms of circulation and journalistic significance, both in print and digitally. It is one of the most cited newspapers in Germany and reaches more political decision-makers in the capital than all national subscription newspapers combined. The editorial team and publishing house are continually being expanded to meet the challenges of the media market with innovations. Tagesspiegel belongs to Dieter von Holtzbrinck's DvH Medien GmbH. Daily exclusive background information for decision-makers from the health sector can be found in Tagesspiegel Background Gesundheit & E-Health.
Click here for a 4-week free trial subscription - an offer for World Health Summit Newsletter readers (in German).

All media partners


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


World Health Summit 2023 

Berlin, Germany & Digital

October 15-17, 2023


WHS Regional Meeting 2024

Melbourne, Australia & Digital

April 22-24, 2024

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