Berlin, July 2013
Bringing you these topics:

- Welcome Message of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
- WHS Opening Session
- Speaker Update: Welcome Messages and Keynote Lectures
- Focus on the Program: Track 2 – “Evidence to Policy”
- Session-Introduction: "Research for Universal Health Coverage"
- "Next Generation of Science Journalists" Award 2013
- Early Bird Registration: Final Offer

Welcome Message of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

We are honored to announce that José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and joint high patron of the World Health Summit 2013, will personally address this year's participants in the WHS Ceremony.

“There is no better indicator of the true wealth of a society than the state of its health systems, their effectiveness and inclusiveness.”

These words open the welcome message of José Manuel Barroso, in which he argues that “it is not just how much we spend, but how we spend that makes a difference. For that reason, the World Health Summit 2013 will focus on the interplay between health and wealth, development and inequality, research and education”.

Enjoy his speech during the WHS Ceremony on Sunday evening, October 20.

His welcome message is <link the-summit welcome-messages jose-manuel-barroso.html _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>available online in full length >>>

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (c) EC


Special early bird tickets are available until July 31.
Secure your ticket today >>>

WHS Opening Session

WHS Opening Session 2012 with Peter Agre (Nobel Prize Laureate) (C) WHS

The WHS Opening Session marks the ceremonial beginning of the World Health Summit. The Presidents John Wong (Vice-Provost, Yong Loo School of Medicine, National University of Singapore) and Detlev Ganten (Chairman of the Board, Charité Foundation) will introduce the speakers and topics and welcome the participants from all over the world.

The following three speakers will hold welcome messages:

- Ernst Rietschel (Chairman, Berlin Institute of Health BIH)
- Mario Czaja (Senator for Health, Senate of the City of Berlin)
- Jai S. Sohan (Ambassador, Embassy in Berlin, Government of Singapore)

The WHS Opening Session will be concluded by the keynote lecture on “Global Health Diplomacy” by Kishore Mahbubani (Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore), setting the tone for the following three days of discussions and exchange.

Speaker Update: Welcome Messages and Keynote Lectures

Kishore Mahbubani (WHS Opening Session, Oct. 20)
Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Aaron Ciechanover (WHS Ceremony, Oct. 20)
Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, 2004

Jeanette Vega (Keynote Lecture, Oct. 21)
Managing Director of Health, The Rockefeller Foundation

Adrian Thomas (Keynote Lecture, Oct. 21)
Vice President Global Market Access & Global Public Health, Janssen Global Services

(c) NUS Newshub / D. Porges / Philantropy New York / Janssen Global Services)

A comprehensive list of confirmed speakers is available in our <link the-summit speakers speakers-2013.html _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>speakers-section online >>>

Focus on the Program: Track 2 – “Evidence to Policy”

Academia meets policy makers (c) WHS

Global Health affects all the core functions of foreign policy: achieving security, creating economic wealth, supporting development in low-income countries and protecting human dignity.

Coinciding with the change of venue, in favor of the Federal Foreign Office Berlin, the program track "Evidence to Policy" will focus on these topics and discuss the deep interconnections between global health and politics.

A thematic landing page on our website will introduce the sessions, speakers and topics of this track.

Read more about <link the-summit program evidence-to-policy.html _blank internal link in current>"Evidence to Policy" >>>

Session-Introduction: "Research for Universal Health Coverage"

Presentation and Discussion of the “World Health Report 2013: Research for Universal Health Coverage”

Tuesday, October 22.
Chair 1: Marie-Paule Kieny
Chair 2: Tikki Pang
Moderation: Christopher Dye

Everyone should have access to the health services that they need without being forced into poverty when paying for them. The “World Health Report 2013” argues that universal health coverage – with full access to high-quality services for prevention, treatment and financial risk protection – cannot be achieved without the evidence provided by scientific research.

It maintains that all nations should be producers of research as well as consumers. The process of discovery should take place not only in academic centers, but also in public health programs where people seek health care and use the services provided. Investigations ranging from clinical trials to health policy studies can help chart the course to improved health outcomes and reduced poverty, but research needs national and international backing to succeed.

WHO-Session at the World Health Summit 2012 (c) WHS


- Suwit Wibulpolprasert (Ministry of Public Health, Thailand)
- Robert Terry (Health Systems and Innovation, WHO, Geneva)
- John Reeder (Tropical Diseases Research, WHO, Geneva)
- John-Arne Rottingen (Harvard School of Public Health, University of Oslo)
- Andy Haines (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

This session will be held in the track <link the-summit program global-health-development.html _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>“Global Health for Development” >>>

“Next Generation of Science Journalists”-Award 2013

To analyze and communicate complex scientific topics is more than just a profession – it is an art.  Medical science journalism is no exception. Accordingly, launching a career as a science journalist proves to be an arduous endeavor.

To help recognize emerging medical science journalists, Germany’s most read medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), and the World Health Summit (WHS) will grant the “Next Generation of Science Journalists” Award for the second time.

<link news latest-news next-generation-of-science-journalists-award-2013.html _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>>>> Application details

Unique opportunities for journalists (c) WHS

Early Bird Registration – Final Offer

Registration counter of WHS 2012 (c) WHS

Less than 100 days before this year’s World Health Summit, only a few days remain for the Early Bird Registration price reduction. The deadline for this offer is July 31.

Register now and participate in the Summit with this special rate. More than 150 high-ranking speakers from about 90 countries will contribute to this unique meeting that addresses today's and tomorrow’s health challenges worldwide.

Details on registration and fees are available online under <link the-summit registration participant-registration.html _blank internal link in current>"The Summit / Registration" >>>

World Health Summit 2013
October 20-22
Federal Foreign Office Berlin


Academic Office
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin, Germany

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Fax: +49 30 450 570 911

Media & Communication
Tobias Gerber, Daniela Levy
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Organizing Secretariat
K.I.T. Group
Association & Conference Management
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10709 Berlin

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