World Health Assembly 2014

[May 22, 2014]
The Role of Research & Innovation to achieve Health for All and Sustainable Development
Geneva, Switzerland

May 22, 2014 – 17.45 – 19.30
World Health Assembly – UN Palais des Nations – Salle IX

Organized by the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), the Global Health Council (GHC), and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

Sponsored by UN Member States:
Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, and the United Kingdom

Speakers will include:
• Mr James W. Macharia, Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Health
• Dr Mandiaye Loume, 1st Technical Counselor to the Senegal Minister of Health & Social Action
• Mr Jon Pender, Vice President Government Affairs of GSK
• Prof Osman Sankoh, Executive Director of INDEPTH
• Prof Carel IJsselmuiden, Executive Director of COHRED

Healthy lives and access to health services for all is an ambitious new goal currently being considered in the post-2015 United Nations agenda for Sustainable Development. This goal can only be achieved in a sustainable way if it includes the development of new or adapted medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, devices and other health tools that work for and are accessible to those most in need. The achievement of such innovations requires strong political leadership, as well as international and multi-sectoral collaboration. It is recommended therefore that the new Development Agenda explicitly supports research and related policies and capacity building. How such a commitment can best be aligned with the health-related goals and defined through specific targets and indicators will be examined by an international panel of experts.