12 March 2013

Forthcoming conference on global health and climate issues

Infectious diseases, migration, conflicts and climate changes affect global health trends. In April, Mistra will join in inviting delegates to a conference where world-leading experts in the field will describe challenges and opportunities.

Global health issues should be a high priority, but knowledge and awareness of the issues among decision-makers and other stakeholders are often limited. The Swedish Society of Medicine, jointly with organisations including Mistra, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the medical journal The Lancet, will issue invitations to discuss Global Health — Beyond 2015. The conference, to be held on 4 April, will focus on some of the great challenges of our time: lifestyle diseases, chronic illnesses, inequality and climate change.

Starting point for further health improvement

An independent analysis of the current state of human health in global terms has been drawn up and will be presented as a report at the conference and a workshop on the following day. After inputs from experts, partners and other participants, ‘the Stockholm Declaration on Global Health’ will be drawn up ahead of further work to improve health conditions in an increasingly globalised world.

The springboard for the conference is the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which the world’s nations agreed Hans Rosling, a professor of international health on in 2000. The speakers will include Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health; Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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