Organization: WHO

Description: The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO.  It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.

The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

Agenda item 11.4 of the World Health Assembly includes Health, environment and climate change, presenting the related documents

For more info visit the WHO website.


Organizationthe University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda and the GCSP.

Location: Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Maison de la paix - Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2D

Description: Many of today’s most complex challenges to human security are linked to health and environmental degradation. Pollution kills 9mln people per year. 

WHO predicts that climate change will cause 250’000 deaths per year between now and 2050. In addition, growing world populations bring humans and animals closer together affecting sustainable development, health, and environment. One health is a global strategy that addresses the growing interdependence of human and animal health. It is being adopted by a number of organisations and educational institutions in response to the need for more integrated approaches and solutions to address today’s global health challenges.

This event will bring together world-class experts to talk about human-animal-environment intersection and how it affects human security globally. It will also shed more light on comprehensive solutions and approaches for collaborative multi-disciplinary efforts to work locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment and foster sustainable development for future generations.

The panellists include:

  • Dr Agnes Binagwaho, former Minister of Health of Rwanda, Vice Chancellor of University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)
  • Dr Desiree Montecillo Narvaez, Programme Officer, Chemicals and Health Branch Economy Division, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Dr Stephane de la Rocque, Technical Adviser - Team Leader One-Health Operations in Countries Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR Dept WHO Health Emergencies Programme

The discussion will be chaired by:

  • Mr Bruno Jochum, former director of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland, Executive-in-Residence, GCSP

For additional information and registration, visit the GCSP website.


Location: Forum Crédit Suisse, Rue de Lausanne 11–19, 1201 Genève

Organization: UNDP

Description: UNDP, jointly with the Research Centre of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of China, is organizing a round table with a delegation of Chinese companies on May 23rd to discuss how Chinese ‘going global’ enterprises have made contributions to the economic and social development of countries along the Belt and Road Initiative, especially in improving infrastructure, upgrading industries, creating jobs, transferring technology, and contributing to local communities.

UNDP proposes to leverage the Geneva ecosystem to exchange with these companies on opportunities and challenges to contribute to the SDGs through sustainable and responsible business operations.

Visit the UNDP website for additional information.

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OrganizationOrganized by WSSCC & essity

Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Salon Bruxelles and Amsterdam, Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 7-9, 1209 Genève

Description: Technical Side Session during the World Health Assembly

Hygiene and its links to health are enablers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet these preventative issues are often forgotten in discussions at global fora. This session aims to deepen the dialogue on the intersectionality of SDG 3 (Health), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 6 (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, with special attention to SDG 6.2) by reviewing progress in programming and policy at local, national and global levels.

This session will:
• Provide evidence-based approaches and share best practice on what the challenges are and especially focus on the solutions for sustainable hygiene and health for women and girls across the globe.
• Break barriers to discussions at the highest level and explore the roles and responsibilities for different stakeholders within the SDG framework.
• Drive a collaborative approach and issue a call to action on the next steps to ensure hygiene and health needs everywhere are given the attention and support required.
• Feature the launch of a new joint report from Essity and WSSCC entitled Personal Well-being - Key to Public Progress.

This session will include interventions from:

  • Dr Johan Carlson, Director General of the Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten)
  • Representative from the Government of Tanzania
  • Representative from the Government of Malawi (tbc)
  • Representative from WaterAid
  • Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, WHO
  • Moderator: Ms Catarina de Albuquerque, Executive Chair, Sanitation and Water for All, Former Special Rapporteur, Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
  • Mr Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, WSSCC
  • Ms Kersti Strandqvist, Senior VP Sustainability, Essity

Further details for the session can be found here

Please RSVP to by 18 May, as space is limited. Feel free to share this invitation within your networks for those who may be interested.


OECD Perspectives on Global Development - Rethinking Development Strategies

Organization: Organized by the Centre for Finance and Development and the OECD Development Centre

Location: Auditorium Ivan Pictet A2, Maison de la paix.

Description: The new OECD Perspective on Global Development Report (PGD) will focus on the theme of “Development Strategies”, and particularly on development paradigms which have so far failed to integrate the complexity and diversity of individual country development paths.

On 24 May 2018, six months before the release of the new PGD edition (2019), Jason Gagnon, Economist and PGD coordinator at the OECD, will present the detailed outline of the report, including:

  • Shifting Wealth’s New Context
  • Towards More Inclusive Growth
  • Facing New Challenges for Development
  • Rethinking Development Strategies and International Cooperation

More info & registration:


Location: Palais des Nations, Room XII

Organization: WHO 

Description:  This technical briefings will take place during the Seventy-first World Health Assembly. 

The Marrakesh Ministerial declaration released in 2016 at COP22 mandated WHO, UN Environment and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to convene a global coalition between relevant Ministries, including Ministries of Health and Ministries of Environment, and key UN agencies and stakeholders, to driveforward actions that will reduce the harmful impacts on the environment and climate that affect human health and well-being. The main goal of the coalition is to jointly promote and achieve better management of environmental and climate risks to health. Notably, in its first phase, the coalition is prioritizing immediate actions to reduce the annual 12.6 million deaths caused by environmental risks and is specifically committed to support Member States and stakeholders in their efforts to tackle air pollution.

This interagency technical briefing will:
• enable the heads of agencies and Member States to reconfirm their commitments to support the Health, Environment and Climate Change Coalition (HECCC) in the effort to address the root environmental causes of ill health
• present a joint action plan for air pollution and detail the scope and purpose of the upcoming first WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution
• provide a scientific briefing on the state of knowledge on environmental determinants of health, including in relation to the non-communicable disease agenda
• report on the achievements of the BreatheLife Campaign. 

First announcement: WHA Preliminary Journal