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Newsletter 10/2022: Getting Ready for WHS 2022

Dear friends,

The World Health Summit 2022 is only a few days away and we are thrilled to welcome you all to a very special event: The World Health Summit and the World Health Organization (WHO) are jointly hosting the world's leading global health conference.

WHS 2022 will bring together the most prominent names in global health from all sectors in all regions of the world. We are expecting far more than 300 speakers and several thousand participants in Berlin and online. Among them are over 20 high ranking government officials and around 40 representatives from WHO.

Under the theme "Making the Choice for Health", they will discuss new strategies for global health and set the course for a healthier, more equitable future in 60 sessions and numerous side events.

The World Health Summit has the important task to facilitate and promote constructive exchange and finding of innovative approaches: In these times marked by a pandemic, an international security crisis, and increasing speed of climate change, working together across national or sectoral barriers is more relevant than ever.

We are convinced that global health can only be improved by strengthening partnerships and international cooperation. That is why we hope to see many of you in Berlin as well as lively digital contributors to our discussions.

May this World Health Summit 2022 be a summit of new solutions and new synergistic partnerships for global health.

See you all at the World Health Summit 2022 – on-site or online!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit

More info below


Get ready for WHS 2022 together with WHO and look forward to the most pressing global health topics, amazing speakers, and inspiring discussions.

How to Participate in WHS 2022

Digital participation: Free and possible without prior registration. Zoom links are available in the online program and during WHS 2022 directly on the top of our landing page. Find all information on digital participation here.

On-site participation: Registration for on-site participation is closed. 
If you'll join us in Berlin, please bring a valid government issued ID to receive your conference badge. Please note that wearing an FFP2 mask will be mandatory. Get all info on the venue here.

WHS 2022 Opening Ceremony

The official opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 16 at 6:00 PM CEST. The livestream will be available on
More on the opening ceremony

WHS 2022 Final Session

The final session with the title: Moving into the Future: Making the Political Choice for Health, will present central demands and will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 PM CEST. 
More on the final session

Program Book Out Now

The WHS 2022 program book has arrived: 168 pages packed with all info on sessions, speakers, participation, background of the World Health Summit and the collaboration with WHO. In a few days the print edition will be available on the tables on-site WHS 2022. Check out the digital version here.

The online program provides up-to-date und comprehensive information on each of the 60 sessions: Hosts, chairs, speakers, topic descriptions, and the Zoom links for digital participation.

WHS 2022 central topics will focus on "Making the Choice for Health" by reflecting on the most pressing issues, including:
- Investment for Health and Well-Being
- Climate Change and Planetary Health 
- Architecture for Pandemic Preparedness
- Digital Transformation for Health
- Food Systems for Health
- Health Systems Resilience and Equity
- Global Health for Peace 

Special Events

During WHS 2022, there will be around 50 side events, special sessions and launches. One of them will be the Polio Pledging Moment: KEY 05 - Investing in a Polio-free Future for More Resilient Health Systems on Tue, Oct, 12:30 CEST, another one a special announcement by WHO in the session PD 05 - A Next Era for Women’s Cancer Control on Sunday, October 16, 4:00 PM CEST.
More info here

WHS 2022 Speakers in 30 Seconds

Watch the WHS 2022 Speaker Teaser here.

WHS 2022 Patrons

Read the welcome messages

Photo: Olaf Scholz

"Forums such as the WHS are and remain indispensable. For they ensure that critical debate can take place which provides space for different perspectives and allows free academic exchange at the highest level, thereby laying the foundation for knowledge-based and rational policymaking."

Olaf Scholz
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Emmanuel Macron

"We have no choice but learn from the current crisis and be better equipped for the next pandemic. This is our responsibility as leaders. In order to do better, we must understand better and rely on scientific work. That is what the WHS is all about!" 

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

"The world must heed the lessons of this pandemic. One of the most important of those is the power of hope: that with science, solidarity and a commitment to equity, we can avoid unnecessary deaths and illness, and create stronger, more equitable and resilient health systems and societies that are able to deal with the crises of the future."

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

WHS 2022 Social Media

Follow and share #WHS2022 and #MakingTheChoiceForHealth and make sure to use our hashtag and handles.
Twitter: @WorldHealthSmt
LinkedInFacebookInstagram: @worldhealthsummit

All session recordings and videos are available on YouTube.

If you wish to receive material to promote your sessions and/or speakers - just email us and we'll happily provide a communications package.

Press & Media

The World Health Summit is fully open to the press. Press accreditation for on-site coverage is closed. Digital participation is possible without prior accreditation. 

Comprehensive information on the World Health Summit and the joint WHS 2022 with WHO in English and German, information on press relevant events as well as photos, bios, and logos for download can be found in our Press Kit.

All press releases in English and German can be found here.
Check out the media coverage here.
For media inquiries please contact us.

WHO Press Briefing with WHS President Axel R. Pries

On October 12, World Health Summit President Axel R. Pries joined WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during his weekly press briefing to inform journalists about the upcoming World Health Summit 2022. 
Re-watch the press briefing
Read Dr Tedros' opening remarks

WHS 2022 Partners

Thank you to the World Health Summit 2022 partners:


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

ENI Foundation

German Federal Ministry of Health

Johnson & Johnson




Siemens Healthineers

Wellcome Trust

YouTube Health



Berlin Senate for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

European Commission

European Investment Bank

German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Robert Bosch Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation



Boehringer Ingelheim

Fondation Botnar

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Max Planck Society


Berlin Institute of Health

Economist Impact

German Alliance for Global Health Research

International Development Research Centre

Leibniz Association



The Global Fund

Verband Forschender Arzneimittelhersteller


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

German Health Alliance

German Federal Foreign Office

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Global Solutions Initiative

Global Young Academy

Health & Care Management

International AIDS Society


M8 Alliance

Stiftung Charité

The Global Governance Project

Virchow Foundation for Global Health

Media Partners


Deutsche Welle

Foreign Policy

Der Tagesspiegel

Die ZEIT Verlagsgruppe

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