September 2014
Bringing you news on these topics:

- World Health Summit 2014: Public Day
- Welcome Messages of our High Patrons
- Speaker Update
- Workshops
- Media Partnerships

Public Day - Healthy Cities

By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities. What impact will growing cities and increasingly aging societies have on health care? How can we achieve healthy lifestyles in expanding cities and megacities? How important is the opportunity for physical activity – and who will pay for it?

It is questions such as these that will be addressed at the WHS Public Day on Wednesday, October 22. Join the debate on how to ensure a healthy life both now and in the future. 

Among the speakers are:

- Klaus Wowereit (Governing Mayor, Berlin)
- Jacques Rogge (Hon. President, International Olympic Committee - IOC)
- Sarah Cook (Director, UN Research Institute for Social Development)
- Klaus Böger (President, Landessportbund Berlin)
- Gudrun Doll-Tepper (Vice-President, German Olympic Sports Confederation)
- Frank Dassler (General Counsel, adidas Group)
- Moritz Rinke (Author)

(c) visitBerlin / Wolfgang Scholvien

The WHS Public Day is designed for broad public participation and provides a unique chance for participants to get in touch with leading international decision-makers and researchers from various health-related areas.

Special tickets for the Public Day are available for 50 Euro each at the <link the-summit registration _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>online-registration >>>

Welcome Messages of the High Patrons of the World Health Summit 2014

"...The international community is currently at a crucial stage. What is important now is that we set the course for ambitiously expanding the Millennium Development Goals. Hence, I am very pleased that this year’s World Health Summit will focus, among other things, on the links between climate change and health. ..."

"...This year’s World Health Summit thus focuses on the influence of climate change on our health. The Summit, which is relevant to people the world over, precedes the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December 2015. Each Summit participant will therefore make their own contribution. ..."

"...When European citizens are asked about their priorities for the 15 next years, health and medical care emerge as the number one concern. European citizens also believe that the greatest impact of science and technological innovation will be on health improvement. Health-oriented policymaking must therefore become a clear priority. ..."

Read the entire Welcome Message in <link the-summit welcome-messages angela-merkel.html _blank internal link in current>English and German >>>

Read the entire Welcome Message in<link the-summit welcome-messages francois-hollande.html _blank internal link in current> English and French >>>

Read the entire Welcome Message in<link the-summit patronage jose-manuel-barroso.html _blank internal link in current> English >>>

Speaker Update

EL Houssaine Louardi
Minister of Health

Symposium on "Life Sciences Strategies"
Tuesday, October 21, 09:00 - 10:30

Sir Muir Gray
Medical Director | Chief Knowledge Officer
National Knowledge Service | National Health Service

Keynote on "Big Data / Systems Biology and Systemic Medicine"
Monday, October 20, 14:00 - 15:30

Sarah Cook
UN Research Institute for Social Development

Keynote on "Healthy Cities and Prevention"
Wednesday, October 22, 11:00 - 12:15

Anuradha Gupta
Deputy CEO
GAVI Alliance

Symposium on "Financing Global Health"
October 21, 16:00 - 17:30

Please find a comprehensive list of confirmed speakers<link the-summit speakers.html _blank external-link-new-window external link in new> on our website >>>


WHS 2014: Workshops

Global Health Education

Workshop (WS 04)
Monday, October 20

Physicians are expected to deal with any disease affecting the health of their individual patients. Tomorrow’s 21st century physicians must also have sufficient understanding of the complex interplay across all determinants of health affecting the health of patients and societies.

This workshop will examine the challenges of globalization and health and prioritize those that should be included in a worldwide harmonized global health curriculum.
(Picture: Charite)

Role of Private Sector in Universal Health Coverage
Workshop (WS 10)
Tuesday, October 21

Universal Health Coverage has received considerable attention at a global stage, particularly within the debate of the post-2015 development goals. But to exert its full power it has to be understood in a way that points beyond the health sector and beyond matters of financing.

The topic concerns more than just health insurance and health systems. The solution lies in an expression of the social contract between a government and its people for the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and the commitment to health equity and health as a human right.
(Picture: World Health Summit)

Health Systems after Megadisasters
Workshop (WS 11)
Tuesday, October 21

"Lessons from Fukushima and the Role of Medical Academia”: Three years after the disasterous accident in the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11, 2011, health hazards to the public still remain. Furthermore, the immediate risks of injury and death are shadowed by various longer term problems including anxiety about possible physical effects of exposure to radiation.

This session will review the recent tragedy and its ongoing consequences as a platform to highlight the role of medical academia.
(Picture: Fukushima Medical University)

The WHS 2014 will feature 20 hands-on workshops, expected to produce tangible results. Please find more information on keynotes, panel-discussions, and workshops in our <link the-summit program.html _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>online program >>>

Media Partnerships

The World Health Summit enjoys the support of great media-partners - both new and longstanding. Among our great associates are:

With a print run of more than 500,000 sold copies DIE ZEIT is Germany’s leading quality newspaper. In the field of teaching and research the publishing house ZEIT is the long standing market leader for online and print media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Handelsblatt Global Edition is the first digital English-language business publication to offer a balanced, nuanced view of financial markets in Germany and Europe. Starting October 19th, WHS Newsletter subscribers can receive a 1-year subscription for the special price of €99 by registering with this code: AC6FB9.

Deutsche Welle - Germany's international broadcaster. Its mission is to represent Germany in the international media landscape with unbiased, reliable journalism and support of important values like democracy and human rights.

Deutsches Ärzteblatt is the official journal of the German Medical Association and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. With more than 356,000 printed copies per issue, the circulation exceeds that of other special publications for physicians in Germany.


Please find all details concerning the registration for the World Health Summit 2014 here:


World Health Summit 2014
October 19-22
Federal Foreign Office Berlin


World Health Summit
c/o Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49 30 450 572 117
Fax: +49 30 450 570 911

Media & Communication
Tobias Gerber, Daniela Levy
Tel.: +49 30 450 572 114

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