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.

The event will be held in English. It is free of charge, but registration is required and on a first come, first served basis.

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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

10:30    Lectures

            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

13:05    Keynote
             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