Berlin, October 2012

Bringing you these topics:

- Speaker Updates
- Highlights to be expected
- World Health Summit, Regional Meeting - Outlook to Asia
- What the WHS means to our Speakers
- Book of Participants available
- Available Ticket Allocation

Speaker Updates

Sima Samar
"Right Livelihood Award" 2012

Sima Samar has just received the "Right Livelihood Award" for her "longstanding and courageous dedication to human rights, especially the rights of women, in one of the most complex and dangerous regions in the world.“. At the World Health Summit 2012 she will hold a keynote lecture during the Ceremony on Sunday, 19:00 - 20:30 in the Main Hall.

Sima Samar served as the first Deputy Chair and Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Interim Administration of Afghanistan. Before chairing the Commission, she was elected as the Vice Chair of the Emergency Loya Jirga. She was appointed as the Chair of the AIHRC by Mr. Karzai, Chairman of the Afghanistan Interim Administration.

In 1989, Samar formally established the Shuhada Organization and Shuhada Clinic. The Shuhada Organization now operates 12 clinics and 3 hospitals in Afghanistan, all dedicated to the provision of health care to the Afghan population and particularly to women and girls.

Anders Nordström
World’s First Ambassador for Global Health

As a medical doctor from the Karolinska Institut, Sweden, Anders Nordström has a background that combines development experience in the field, national and international health policy and planning, and strategic leadership.

He was the Acting Director-General of WHO from 23 May 2006 until 3 January 2007. He was appointed to this post by the WHO Executive Board following the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General, on 22 May 2006.

In April 2012 the Swedish government has appointed Anders Nordström the world’s first Ambassador for Global Health.

Now, Anders Nordström will be chairman for the workshop "Governance for a Healthy Planet: Resilient People – Resilient Planet", October 23rd, 9:00 - 11:00.

(c) WHO/Chris Black

James Chau at the World Health Summit 2010 (c) WHS

James Chau
"CCTV News Anchor" and "UN Goodwill Ambassador"

James Chau has lived in Beijing for six years, in Hong Kong for three years and for his first 22 years in London where he was born in December 1977 to parents from Hong Kong and Indonesia.

On and off screen, James partners with the United Nations in fighting stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. In August 2009 he became the first Chinese UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.

James Chau will moderate the opening press conference on Sunday, 15:00 and chair the session “Mental Health in Urban Environments” on Sunday, 16:45 – 18:15.

Highlights to be expected

The fourth edition of the World Health Summit is about to begin: from October 21st – 24th, 2012, representatives of Academia, Politics, Civil Society and Private Sector will meet in Berlin to discuss the most pressing challenges of global health and to develop urgently needed strategies to face these tasks.

Each day features various highlights, some are:

Welcome Addresses to the World Health Summit 2012
Sunday, October 21st, 12:00 - 12:45

To cordially start the World Health Summit 2012, participants will enjoy Welcome Messages and Keynote Lectures of:

- Michael J. Klag
(President of the World Health Summit 2012, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA)

- Ulrich Frei
(Director, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany)

- Philip D. Murphy
(Ambassador, Embassy of the United States in Berlin)

- Peter Agre
(Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2003)

Workshop “Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases to Enhance Sustainable Development”
Monday, October 22nd, 9:00 – 11:00

Co-host: NCD Alliance / National Institutes of Health

NCDs are a pivotal aspect of the World Health Summit 2012, hence this workshop represents some central topics of the 2012 program.

The session will outline the evidence of the interconnections between NCDs and sustainable development; share best practice solutions and examples of co-benefit approaches for NCDs and sustainable development, from different sectors and countries; discuss “Whole-of-Government” and “Whole-of-Society” approach to mitigate the alarmingly rising trends of NCDs, particularly in the LMICs; and discuss opportunities and initiatives at the global level to integrate NCDs into the global development.

More information on this and all other sessions - including extensive further readings - are available in our Online Session Planner >>>

Keynote Lecture Session “Trends and Issues Shaping the Future Healthcare and Health Research Landscape in Singapore and Asia”

Tuesday, October 23rd, 13:15 – 14:15

Asia is a rising force in global health, which is why in 2013 the first World Health Summit Regional Meeting will be held in Singapore. This Keynote Lecture Session will give an “Outlook to Asia”:

World Health Summit Regional Meeting – Asia, Singapore 2013

For the first time, the WHS will be organizing a regional meeting outside of Berlin and the first destination for this meeting will be in Asia, Singapore. Themed “Health for Sustainable Development in Asia” the Summit will discuss and exchange insights on critical health and medical issues facing Asia.

Among the topics to be covered will be Healthcare Financing, Emerging Health Threats, Innovations in Health and the Impact of Health on Asian Economies.

Key speakers for the WHS Regional Meeting will include:

- Laurie Garrett
(Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, USA)

- Dr Devi Prasad Shetty
(Chairman & Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Cardiac Sciences, India)

- Suwit Wibulpolprasert
(Senior Adviser on Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand)

This landmark event will be held from 8th – 10th April 2013 at Singapore. Please click here to receive further information >>>

Symposium “Health Systems Strengthening in Transformation Societies”

Wednesday, October 24th, 9:00 – 11:00

Co-host: MENA Health Policy Forum

During the “Information Technology for Health”-day, there will be a panel discussion putting special emphasis on the Middle East and North African Region (MENA). It highlights once more the global design of the World Health Summit.

The purpose of this symposium is be to raise the awareness for governance issues, using the need for health system strengthening reform as an example. The panel discussion emphasizes the possible driver role of applied research and civil society in enhancing integrity and social accountability of systems.

MENA countries (c) Creative Commons, Wikipedia

It will carry forward the results of the multi-stakeholder meeting in Tunis and discuss on how cross-regional networks could underpin and reinforce health governance (focusing on integrity and social accountability) in the MENA region in a sustainable way.

More information on the program and the various other sessions is available in our Online Session Planner >>>

What the WHS means to our Speakers

As we are all looking forward to the World Health Summit 2012, so do various of our speakers. Many of them already handed in statements on what the Summit means to them and to the world:

John Wong
(Vice Provost (Academic Medicine), National University of Singapore)

"There are very few places in the world where leaders from academia, government, industry, civil society, and media converge on an annual basis to address global health issues. The World Health Summit provides such a venue. It cannot be emphasized enough that we must work together if we are to tackle the health of populations.

Gerd Binnig
(Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 1986)

"The broad and interdisciplinary approach to healthcare makes the WHS so important. At this event people from different cultures and with very different professional backgrounds meet, that would normally not talk to each other to such an extent."

Peter Agre
(Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2003)

"The World Health Summit provides wide visibility and a forum for participants to actively seek areas for productive engagement. I expect all to leave the meeting with a renewed sense of purpose for the greatest challenge facing humanity."

Book of Participants launched

As the World Health Summit attracts participants from more than 90 countries, it provides an ideal framework for networking. Hence, the Book of Participants is being implemented again in 2012.

Be one of the first to know who will attend the World Health Summit and take the chance to organize a meeting. Don’t miss this wonderful tool to increase your circle of friends, acquaintances and contacts!

Registration for the Book of Participants remains open until Friday, October 19th, 2012 - 09:00.

Read more on <link news latest-news launch-book-of-participants.html external-link-new-window external link in new>terms of usage and registration >>>

Available ticket allocation

A few days prior to the World Health Summit 2012, hardly any tickets are still available. If you want to try for the last allocation, follow the link:

See you at the World Health Summit 2012!


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