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Women’s Health with Mareike Ostertag and Danielle Alakija

Mareike Ostertag, G20 & G7HDP Ambassador, met with Danielle Alakija, Olympic Athlete and Founder and CEO of the SOLI Group, to discuss a set of practical and implementable recommendations for Women’s Health for G7 and G20 Leaders drafted throughout the past year in collaboration with many members of the Partnership.

Here are the key takeaways from the conversation:

▶️  The recommendations center on four crucial areas – increasing investment in Women’s Health, generating essential data, improving access to healthcare, and boosting women-specific R&D.

▶️ Closing the gender health gap by 2040 could boost the global economy by over USD 1 trillion annually. The economic benefits of investing in Women’s Health are clear, yet gaps persist in women-specific data and funding.

▶️  Together, we call on the G20 and G7 presidencies to tackle inequalities from research to access, ensuring advances in Women’s Health contribute to empowering women and girls worldwide.

Read the full text of the CTA here

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New AMR Action Plan Launched by G20 & G7HDP

The G20&G7HDP launched the AMR Legislator Initiative which aims through a series of 4 hearings to identify the gaps and make progress on implementing national action plans on AMR. The initiative is run by leading parliamentarians such as Professor Agnes Buzyn, former French Health Minister, Right Hon. Dr Christopher Kalila, MP from Zambia, and Chaired by Dame Angela Eagle, MP from the UK.

A series of hearings will take place leading up to the World Health Assembly, concluding with a model resolution that parliamentarians can present in their parliaments. The outcome will be a short report written by Francis Jacobs and presented at WHA that includes a list of recommendations that bridge the democratic deficit on AMR awareness to action.

Francis Jacobs worked for the European Parliament from just before direct elections in 1979 until the end of April 2016. Much of his career was as a staff member on various European Parliament committees, including those on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy, on German Unification and on Constitutional Affairs. From 2000-2006 he led the staff of the EP Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and from 2006-2016 was the head of the European Parliament’s Information Office in Ireland. Since his retirement in 2016 Francis writes about and gives lectures on the European Union in Ireland, Italy and several other countries, and has participated in many EUSA, UACES and other conferences on EU matters.

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The WHO needs to be strengthened at country level

An interview with Agnès Buzyn from the Tagesspiegel Background

Professor Agnès Buzyn served as the French Health Minister between 2017 to 2020. She is a physician by training specialized in cancer research. 

Professor Buzyn worked for the WHO, as the Representative for Multilateral Affairs for the office of the Director-General and Most recently has taken on the role Special Envoy of the G20&G7 Health and Development Partnership Initiative, a not for-profit organization which was founded during Germany’s G20 Presidency in 2027.

Professor Buzyn, the Paris Peace Forum is currently taking place in the French capital. What significance does such an event have for the healthcare, for pandemic prevention and for building a fair, global health architecture?

Health policy should have the same status as security and defense policy, therefore The Paris Peace Forum is exactly the right place to get this message across. A few years ago, the climate crisis and international peace cooperation were at the center stage of the discussions here, however the coronavirus pandemic has shown how important global health and equal access to healthcare services is for the world. Unfair access to healthcare services also leads to migration, for example. Solutions must therefore be found for a modern healthcare architecture.

What are the weaknesses of the current global health architecture?

The development of a global health architecture began with the founding of the WHO in 1948. However, it has always been difficult for the WHO to be active at country level. Therefore, more and more organisations came into play to fill this gap. Most of these international organisations were private /public partnerships and focused on one specific health problem such as the Gavi Vaccine Alliance or the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This has led to a development of a complex architecture system where several international organisations and non-governmental organisations are working to help countries build their health systems, train health workers, distribute medicines and much more. The landscape is now too complex and not efficient enough. 

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Policymakers: Sustainable Finance Framework for Global Health Achievable by 2030

G20 & G7 Policymakers, Financiers and the Global Health Community believe a New Sustainable Finance Framework for Global Health is Achievable by 2030

 

21-22 June United Nations, Geneva: during the two-day annual Health20 (H20) Summit hosted at the UN Palais, G20 and G7 policy-makers, politicians, International Organisations, the global health community, economists and investors are coming together to discuss the future role of health within the new Geopolitical Order and the need for greater cohesiveness between the G20 and G7 Presidencies.

Day one of the summit recognised that governments in the aftermath of COVID-19 now accept the principle that spending on health is a valuable economic and social investment.

To meet future needs of highly indebted countries that cannot currently increase their spending on health and climate change, speakers will call for a sustainable finance framework for global health that eases the sovereign debt burden so that domestic resources can be repurposed, matched by multilateral institutions, with catalytic funds from the private sector.

The launch of a report during the summit will provide a roadmap and toolkit for governments, the health community and investors to help bridge the dead valley of communication between both sectors and to unlock collaboration opportunities to close existing funding gaps in health that is expected to exceed US$ 16.9 trillion by 2050.

With seven years left to catch up in delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The H20 Summit will demonstrate the increasing interdependence of significant global challenges including geopolitical tensions, biodiversity loss, energy, food and water scarcity and climate change challenges.

Given that COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a global health threat, speakers will stress that health must not fade away from global and national political debates and will call on G20+ Leaders, Ministers of Health and Finance to tigger a systems rethink and move up from a reactive health finance approach to a proactive one.

Politicians from across the G20+ countries will call on a stronger alignment and future coordination with the G20 and G7 as policy-priorities set in multilateral fora have to trickle down more effectively to be implemented sustainably by national policy-makers for a new Global Health Architecture to meet the challenges that we are facing today, tomorrow, and for the next generation.

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New G20 & G7 logo

We are pleased to announce our new G20 & G7 Health and Development Partnership Logo in the side-lines of our technical meeting with our partners, ambassadors and G7 delegates.

The logo reflects and builds on the increased collaboration we have had with both the G20 & G7 Presidencies and Ministries over the last 7 years since our inception.

In times of multipolar challenges there is an increased need to converge and strengthen multilateral agendas and create stronger ties  between public and private sectors to tackle global health challenges and meet the UN SDG3 targets by 2030! Read more

Join us in Geneva for the Health20 Summit

The annual Health20 Summit is approaching on 21-22 June 2023, hosted by the G20 Health and Development Partnership at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Put it in your calendar!

The two-day Summit will see policymakers, global health and finance experts, and representatives from the private and public sectors discuss pressing global health issues, including health in the digital age, AMR, and sustainable financing to make concrete recommendations to the G20 and G7.

We will be launching our Finance Toolkit Report, which considers what sustainable finance means for health and aims to bridge the disconnect between the investor and health communities and promote ESG investments for health.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Summit and joining our discussions!

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A Call To Action to H20 leaders

The G20 Health & Development Partnership has issued a Call to Action to G20 leaders following a two-day H20 Summit at the WHO in Geneva. The Summit – organised by @G20HDP and co-hosted by the T20 – brought together key players in the global health policy community with over 70 expert speakers making recommendations on investment in pandemic preparedeness, preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and anti-microbial resistance (AMR); as well as on global health architecture, digital health and diagnostics.

The Call to Action below has been signed by international health NGOs, politicians and academics. It calls on the G20 to put the new Financial Intermediary Fund a long-term footing with sustainable funding. The Call to Action also urges the G20 and G7, IMF, the World Bank and the Paris Club to tackle the growing debt crisis resulting from the pandemic with measures, such as, debt to health swaps.

The G20 and WHO, with the support of multilateral development banks, are urged to help create regional Centres of Excellence for collaborative R&D and manufacture of diagnostics and therapeutics. The G20 Digital Health Taskforce should be given a mandate for addressing equity, evidence and scale up of digital interventions across health systems with a focus on primary care

It also recommends a new permanent ‘structured dialogue’ to tackle AMR a new comprehensive plan of action to reduce the incidence of NCDs such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

See the Call To Action here

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Video interview – lessons learned from more than two years of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Together with other global health leaders, Alan Donnelly, and Hatice Küçük Beton, Convener and Executive Director of the G20 Health and Development Partnership (G20HDP), share their perspectives and lessons learned from more than two years of the COVID-19 Pandemic in an interview with the Sabin Vaccine Institute in April 2022.

They highlight that we have to move away from a system in which rich countries chose to gift to low- and middle-income countries in moments of crisis and adopt a new financial architecture for pandemic preparedness that is inclusive, transparent and has accountability mechanisms in place. Alan says: “Our role as advocates is to absolutely knock on everyone’s doors as we’ve been doing for the last several years to make sure health is at the top of the political agenda”, ensuring that health is not treated in the same way as natural disasters.

A Financial Intermediary Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response was established by the World Bank on June 30, 2022. Since 2019, the G20HDP has been advocating for a new and inclusive global health architecture and new financing mechanisms for health and is working closely with the key players to strengthen its governance, equity and accountability.

Read ‘A shared commitment to secure our shared future’ blog post here 

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Our condolences on the assassination of Shinzo Abe

We are utterly shocked and saddened by the terrible news that Mr Abe has been murdered today.

Prime Minister Abe was a giant on the world stage – with an extraordinary impact both on Japan and the global community.

To his great credit – he was fully engaged in the democratic process, campaigning, as he had done throughout his life, when his life was taken.

In terms of his work on health, he brought together Health and Finance Ministers in 2019 for the first time during the Japan G20 Presidency – pre COVID. That initiative was typically forward looking and has been continued regularly by other presidencies and has been critical in the global response to the COVID pandemic.

Within the G20 Health and Development Partnership, our thoughts are with Mr Abe’s family and all of the people of Japan at this tragic moment.

 

Professor Rajendra Gupta

G20 Health & Development Partnership announces Dr Rajendra Pratap Gupta as new Global Ambassador

“I am excited to be nominated G20 Health & Development Partnership as their Global Ambassador. G20 is playing a crucial role in shaping the global agenda, and the efforts through this partnership will help push the right ideas for health through G20 in Indonesia in 2022 and going forward. It is a noble cause, and we must do all within our means to support this critical effort for sustainable development” 

Dr Rajendra Pratap Gupta Founder, Health Parliament