High-level Conference launch Global Campaign Report in Norway:

22 JANUARY 2013 | OSLO, NORWAY


High-level conference

22 JANUARY 2013 | OSLO - The conference Accelerating progress: Saving women’s and children’s lives in the coming decade brought together prominent politicians and experts to measure our progress so far, and see how we can build on the current momentum to set ambitious and achievable targets for global health in 2013 and beyond. Hosted by Norway, the conference closed with a discussion between its Prime Minister, the Honorable Jens Stoltenberg and philanthropist Bill Gates. Three Thematic sessions were held throughout the conference.

Thematic session 1: New global burden of disease analysis 2010 – towards 2020

This thematic session will use the most updated disease trends and methods for prioritization to provide input to the post-2015 agenda. Chronic diseases led by heart conditions and stroke have significantly overtaken infections as the leading causes of death and disability everywhere in the world except in sub-Saharan Africa. Chairpersons included Catherine Gotani Hara, Minister of Health, Malawi, and Prof. Joy Lawn, Centre for Maternal and Reproductive and Child Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Save the Children

Introductions were presented by Prof. Christopher Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and Dr. Muhammad Pate, Minister for State for Health, Nigeria. Panelists included Prof. Ole Frithjof Norheim, University of Bergen and Agnes Soucat, Director for Human Development, African Development Bank.

Thematic session 2: Post-2015 agenda for global health: Positioning health as an investment for development

The purpose of this session is to position health as an investment for economic and sustainable development. The Chairperson was Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health, Sweden Introductions were given by Prof. Nila Djuwita F. Moeloek, Special Envoy on MDGs for the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia, and Michael Anderson, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the UN Development Goals, DfID, UK.

The Keynote address was by: Prof. David Bloom, Harvard School of Public Health: Investing in health: Poverty reduction and sustainable development, with discussants, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA and Dagfinn Høybråten, Chair, GAVI Alliance.

Thematic session 3: Commodities Supply and Distribution: How to get more health for the money

The purpose of this session is to define a clear path of action for applying the most appropriate market shaping mechanisms to achieve more health for the money in relation to commodity procurement, distribution and use. The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children was born out of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy, which aims to save 16 million lives by 2015, through increased access to essential medicines, medical devices and health supplies that effectively address the major preventable causes of death during pregnancy, childbirth and childhood.

The Chairpersons were Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator, USAID and Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation. The Introduction was by Ira Magaziner, CEO, Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Panelists included: Dr. Denis Broun, Executive Director, UNITAID, Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI .

Taking stock: Roundtable with Bill Gates and Prime Minister Stoltenberg

The roundtable discussion included: Catherine Gotani Hara, Minister of Health, Malawi; Dr. Muhammad Pate, Minister for State for Health, Nigeria; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA; Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator, USAID; Dr. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General, WHO; Representative from Islamic Development Bank; Dr. Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations; and Michael Anderson, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the UN Development Goals, UK.

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