UNITE Summit 2020: Towards a New Global Public Health Convention

Session hosted by AIDS Healthcare Foundation & University of Miami.


Preparedness and response to current and future public health crises, identify principles to which countries might agree for a global public health convention. This ambitious convention will define new guidance towards preventing, preparing, containing and ending infectious disease outbreaks to protect the global community when an outbreak occurs. In 2005, unprecedented commitment by Member States, at the World Health’s Organization Assembly, was achieved by the implementation of the International Health Regulations. The COVID-19 outbreak, however, has shown the significant gaps and shortfalls within these regulations. Numerous challenges continue to impede IHR’s effectiveness although some progress has been made by implementing them in several countries.

And now, amidst an impactful global health diplomacy crisis, what will it take for countries to agree to these principles, policies or rules for collaboration around global health protection before the next outbreak occurs? What reforms we should make now, and which ones we should look at post-pandemic? How can we achieve a comprehensive public convention by leaving no one behind?

Session hosted by AIDS Healthcare Foundation & University of Miami:

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Event Details:

Moderators:

  • Jorge Saavedra – Executive Director, AHF Global Public Health Institute, University of Miami
  • Jose Szapocznik – Professor & Chair Emeritus, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami

Speakers:

  • Michael Weinstein – CEO, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) 
  • Julio Frenk – former Secretary of Health, Mexico; President, University of Miami
  • Jorge Saavedra – Executive Director, AHF Global Public Health Institute, University of Miami
  • Jose Szapocznik – Professor & Chair Emeritus, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami
  • DAME Barbara M. Stocking DBE – President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge; Former Chief Executive, Oxfam  
  • Lawrence O. Gostin – Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on National and Global Health Law 
  • Maksut Kulzhanov – Professor and Founder, Kazakhstan School of Public Health; Former Deputy Minister of Health, Kazakhstan 
  • Akua Sena Dansua – UNITE’s Regional Chair for Western & Central Africa; Former Ambassador, Member of Parliament and Minister for Tourism, Minister for Youth and Sports and Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Ghana 
  • Gisela Scaglia – Member of Parliament, Argentina; UNITE’s Regional Chair for Latin America & The Caribbean, Member of Parliament, Argentina 
  • Ricardo Baptista Leite – Member of Parliament, Portugal; Founder & President, UNITE Global Parliamentarians Network to End Infectious Diseases 
  • Aminata Touré – Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014) and Club de Madrid Member