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WHS 2022 Daily News


German Federal Minister of Health Lauterbach: “Outbreaks are mandatory, pandemics are optional.”
Second day of the World Health Summit 2022: Pandemic preparedness, climate change and sustainable health systems

Berlin, October 17, 2022
The second day of the World Health Summit 2022 focused on topics like pandemic preparedness, climate change and health, sustainable and affordable health systems as well as global health architecture.

“Outbreaks are mandatory, pandemics are optional,” said German Federal Minster of Health Karl Lauterbach. „In avoiding that an outbreak becomes a pandemic, we need well educated people with the skills on the ground – that is what preparedness for pandemics means.“

Mike Ryan, Executive Director for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme stated that “the first thing we have to do as global institutions is to leave our egos at the door and actually start focusing on the people we serve.” 

Steffi Lemke, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection called for environmental and health sectors to work together on sustainable health for the people and the planet: “The health crisis is closely connected to the planetary crisis. We must tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution threatening the wellbeing and survival of people around the world.”

“We need action on a global level now. We have been through enough,” underlined Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Co-Chair of the UN Advisory Board of ‘Our Common Agenda’ and Former President of Liberia, called for a “time to transform the global health architecture.”

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Impression of the Day

Keynote Panel with Chikwe Ihekweazu, Karl Lauterbach, Mike Ryan

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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