Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Good Health for All
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 9:00-15:00
Leibniz-Saal, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities | Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were signed by all 193 Member States of the UN to “save our planet and our future”. While only SDG 3 explicitly demands “good health and well-being for all people”, health is a recurring theme through all 17 SDGs. Thus, health serves as an excellent entry point for the understanding of the SDGs and their holistic approach.
In recent years, medicine and health sciences have witnessed enormous progress. Novel insights into the evolution of life, plants, animals and man at genomic and molecular levels lead to a new science and provide a basis for a holistic view on nature as originally inspired by Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin. In this spirit, health and disease are determined by biology (e.g. genetic disposition, cellular mechanisms), environment (e.g. climate, economy, culture, education), and lifestyle (e.g. nutrition, mobility).
The symposium will discuss the political basis and intentions of the SDGs. It will shed light on the progress realized so far concerning the implementation of the SDGs, but also on responsibilities of science and academia. Furthermore, we will raise awareness about the importance of the intertwined biology-environment-lifestyle-complex for health and disease – especially regarding disease prevention and health preservation.
9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:45 Welcome: Martin Grötschel, President BBAW, Berlin
9:50 Introduction: Detlev Ganten, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, member BBAW
10:00 Session 1: SDGs – International Developments
Chair: Roopa Dhatt, Women in Global Health, Washington D.C.
Alex Harris, Wellcome Trust, London
The Sustainable Development Goals Challenge
10:45 Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University
Evolutionary Biology is Crucial for Achieving SDGs
11:00 Mujaheed Shaikh, Hertie School of Governance
The Private Sector and the SDGs
11:15 Panel Discussion, Q&A
Intervention of Marisol Touraine, Unitaid Executive Board, Geneva
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Session 2: SDGs – National Development (Focus on Germany & Europe)
Chair: Reinhard Schäfers, World Health Summit, Berlin
Patrice Debré, Académie Nationale de Médecine, Paris
Role of Academia to Achieve the SDGs
13:20 Statements from Science, Medicine, Politics & Discussion
Veronika von Messling, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin
Gottfried von Gemmingen, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Berlin
Alexander Schmidt-Gernig, German Federal Ministry of Health, Berlin
Klaus Reinhardt, President, German Medical Association, Berlin
Wolfgang Holzgreve, InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), Bonn
Oliver Razum, Bielefeld University
15:00 End of Symposium