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Newsletter 11/2023: WHS 2023 Film & Register Now for WHS Regional Meeting 2024 in Melbourne

Dear friends,  

With the many crises we face today, from armed conflicts to the devastating impact of climate change, trust between nations and within nations has been eroding. The lack of trust is one concern that cuts across the multifaceted global health problems. Last month, we gathered in Berlin for this year’s World Health Summit to discuss the most pressing issues in global health. Decreasing trust emerged as one of the most important issues during WHS 2023.  

We need to foster trust in the health community - it is the necessary foundation for all our efforts in global health. For multilateral cooperation, we need trust. For health interventions to be accepted in the communities, we need trust. Rebuilding trust is no easy feat. The multi-stakeholder approach as well as the friendly global interaction of the World Health Summit are central to make progress in this regard.  

The upcoming WHS Regional Meeting 2024 in Melbourne, Australia will provide an important opportunity to take the next steps in rebuilding trust. Climate change and health, geopolitics and health as well as thriving communities and health will be the three overarching topics. Please save the date April 22-24 and register now – find all information below.  

Stay safe and healthy!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit


Have you seen the WHS 2023 film yet? Get out your popcorn now to relive the highlights of three days of WHS 2023. The new clip features many of this year's prominent speakers, key insights, and maybe you can even spot yourself. 

Watch now

"Today and every day, WHO will keep working with countries and communities all over the world in pursuit of our founding vision, the highest possible standard of health for all people."

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

"Health is the ultimate narrative of hope. And only through intentional partnerships and meaningful cooperation we can collectively address the global health challenges that we are facing and the systemic inequalities that my generation is living through."

Omnia El Omrani
Youth Envoy to the President of the UN 27th Climate Change Conference (COP27)

"We need to ensure equity in access and in outcomes, and we need to ensure coherence with the ecosystem, all of us. Not just between animal health and people’s health, but also between public and private sector."

Joy Phumaphi
Co-Chair, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB)



Missed one of the 63 WHS 2023 sessions? You can rewatch analyses and insights from 370 speakers any time. 
As of end of November, the recordings have been watched more than 38,000 times on the World Health Summit YouTube channel.


Check out #WHS2023 Takeaways and short video clips that feature some of the many insights gained by this year's diverse speakers on the World Health Summit social media channels: Follow us on Twitter/XLinkedInInstagram and Facebook to not miss any news.


WHS 2023 generated worldwide media attention, find selected coverage on our In the Media page. You can also get a comprehensive overview of media coverage, social media activities and much more in the World Health Summit Media Report 2023

Find results of the World Health Summit 2023 such as the M8 Alliance Declaration and the WHO & WHS Statement on Green Health on our website


Find a large selection of photos taken at the WHS 2023 in our flickr gallery


Save the Date

Melbourne, Australia
April 22-24, 2024 

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2024 will be hosted by M8 Alliance founding member and Australia's largest university Monash University in Melbourne. The Regional Meeting will be held under the theme "Shaping the future of health across Asia and the Pacific" will cover diverse topics focusing on three overarching themes: 
- Thriving communities and health - Living well and living well together
- Climate and health - Responding to the climate emergency
- Geopolitics and health - Achieving equity within and across borders

Join us in Melbourne for 3 days, 30+ sessions and 100+ speakers.
Earlybird registration is available until January 31 - register now

"I am really excited to have people join us in Melbourne next year. The meeting is focused on the Asia Pacific and the global health challenges that our region is facing. We are focusing on three key themes: the impact of climate on health, the impact of geopolitical insecurity on health, and how we achieve thriving communities." 

Sophia Zoungas
World Health Summit International President 2024
Head, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Monash University Invites You to the WHS Regional Meeting 2024

Watch a short clip why you should come to Melbourne to join the next Regional Meeting in April 2024.

Watch now 


Trust, Multilateralism and Global Health: Interview with WHS President Axel R. Pries

"Without global health, we will not have global peace in the long term, and without global peace, we will not have global health. That is why it is important for us to bring people from all over the world together," says Axel R. Pries in an interview with the daily newspaper Berliner Zeitung. He also reflects on the importance of trust and why he doesn't see multilateralism as a dead end.

Read the full interview (German only) 

World Health Summit - Catalyst and Think Tank for Global Health

World Health Summit president Axel R. Pries takes a look back at the highlights from WHS 2023, the role of Berlin as a "health city" and an outlook on topics for 2024 in a newsletter interview with HealthCapital, an intersectoral health cluster in Berlin. 

Read the full interview (German only)


Global Preparedness Monitoring Board: A Fragile State of Preparedness

Despite some areas of progress since COVID-19, global preparedness for pandemics and other disease outbreaks remains inadequate - this is the main takeaway from the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board's 2023 annual report. Read four recommendations to strengthen global preparedness like reforming the global financing system for pandemic preparedness in the full report

DW Africa: Mobile Health Education

Check out DW Africa's exciting health education format: two doctors tackle a prominent health issue with open conversations in a Matatu, a local bus, about the personal medical history of their guests. The episodes cover cervical cancer, anxiety, depression and SARS in Nigeria, with more to come. 

Virchow Prize for Global Health: Nomination Phase Open

The Virchow Prize for Global Health is an international award which honors lifetime achievements towards improving health and wellbeing for all. The nomination phase is now open through February 29, 2024. The award ceremony traditionally takes place on the eve of the World Health Summit in October. 

More information on eligibility criteria and nominations

Einstein Foundation Awards: €500,000 Awarded to Enhance Quality in Research

The Einstein Foundation Berlin in cooperation with the BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research honors Belgian bioinformatician Yves Moreau, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, and the Responsible Research Assessment Initiative by Anne Gärtner with this year’s Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research 2023 with a total of 500,000€.

Read more


Up for working with one of the most important international strategic global health forums and as part of a dedicated team in Berlin? The World Health Summit is hiring:

- Strategic Engagement Manager
- Finance Assistant

Get in touch with us, we look very much forward to hearing from you.
See all details here


Check out the latest info, recent projects, and upcoming events on the Charité Center for Global Health website


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April 22-24, 2024

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