An expert conference marks the starting point for Germany’s G20 presidency
“Taking Action against health threats – is the world better prepared?” Under this motto over 100 representatives of the G20, civil society, private sector and academia gathered in Berlin on 7/8 December 2016. The Federal Ministry of Health hosted this event, supported by GIZ and the Robert Koch Institute.
The WHO Constitution characterizes health as ‘fundamental to the attainment of peace and security’ and ‘dependent upon the fullest co-operation of individuals and States’. Whilst health is essential for economic growth and development, health crises such as the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa can cause or aggravate social and economic instability in affected countries and entire regions. The G20 have recognized the importance of public health for global economic stability and prosperity. A joint international approach to the mitigation of health risks is therefore one of their priorities.