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WHS 2022 Daily News


German Chancellor Scholz on Global Health: Networking and Good
Cooperation Across National Borders are what Matter.

World Health Summit 2022 officially opened.

Berlin, October 16, 2022
The World Health Summit 2022 was officially opened in Berlin on Sunday evening. The leading theme of the opening ceremony: Taking Global Health to a New Level. At the opening ceremony, German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “Networking and good cooperation across national borders are what matter - especially in the field of global health. There needs to be an exchange between different scientific disciplines and also between science, politics and society. This is what the World Health Summit in Berlin stands for.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed in his pre-recorded speech:
"At this year’s World Health Summit, let’s move from alarm to action. And let’s deliver the stronger health systems that every person deserves.“

"The COVID-19 pandemic exposed, exploited and exacerbated the global health architecture as fractured and incoherent," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. "Taking global health to a new level means we need a new global agreement based on a common vision, a new global health architecture that is coherent and inclusive, and a new global approach that prioritizes promoting health and preventing disease, rather than only treating the sick."

Sandra Gallina, Director-General for Health and Food Safety at the EuropeanCommission, highlighted:  “These are times of deep and shared responsibility. The world needs urgent and collective action to overcome global health challenges – and the EU is ready to play a leading role in this effort through our upcoming EU Global Health Strategy.”

World Health Summit President Axel Pries also called for international cooperation: “In these times, we must work together internationally in an unprecedented manner. Issues like global health, peace, and climate change and its consequences for health can only be addressed together and with mutual trust.”

More opening ceremony speakers:

Macky Sall, President & Chairperson, African Union, Senegal (Video)
François Braun, Minister for Solidarity and Health, France
Heyo K. Kroemer, CEO, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Inger Ashing, CEO, Save the Children International
Bill Gates, Co-Founder Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Video)
Helga Mutasingwa, Global Youth Mobilization, Tanzania
John Nkengasong U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
Catherine Russell, Executive Director, UNICEF
Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Axel R. Pries, President, World Health Summit
Catharina Boehme, Chef de Cabinet, World Health Organization (WHO)
Spring Gombe, Principal, Policy and Advocacy, Market Access Africa

More on the opening ceremony

Information on special press-relevant events during WHS 2022 and further press information as well as photos are available in the press kit in the media center

Please especially note the Polio Pledging Moment on Tuesday, October 18, 12:30 PM CEST: KEY 05 - Investing in a Polio-free Future for More Resilient Health Systems
More on the session and the initiative

Impression of the Day

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WHS 2022 is the first joint World Health Summit co-hosted with WHO and brings together the most prominent names in global health from all sectors in all regions of the world. Held under the patronage of German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus more than 300 speakers in 60 sessions are discussing new strategies for global health and set the course for a healthier, more equitable future. 

Central Topics include Investment for Health and Well-Being, Climate Change and Planetary Health, Architecture for Pandemic Preparedness, Digital Transformation for Health, and Global Health for Peace. Aims of WHS 2022 are to strengthen exchange, stimulate innovative solutions to health challenges, foster global health as a key political issue and promote a global health conversation in the spirit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 17 “Partnership for the Goals”.

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