Japan and the United Nations

The 71th Session of the United Nations General Assembly: Side event on Global Health Crises

September 19, 2016

1 On Monday, September 19, commencing from 6:00 p.m. to 7:40 p.m., Japan, Germany, Norway and World Health Organization (WHO) co-hosted a side event "Global Health Crises: Implementing lessons learned". From Japan, H.E. Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare, attended the side event and delivered a speech on behalf of the Prime Minister Abe (PDF).

2 At this event, participants exchanged their views on how the international community can strengthen prevention, preparedness and responses against public health emergencies learning lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that claimed more than ten thousand people's lives during 2014-2015 and shocked the international community as a whole.

3 The speech of Prime Minister Abe , who led the discussion on global health through the G7 Ise-Shima Summit and the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in August, stated that WHO reform, collaboration among relevant international organizations, establishing funding mechanisms to ensure prompt actions are important for strengthening preparedness and responses to public health emergencies referring to "the G7 Ise-Shima vision on Global Health" and "UHC in Africa" that was announced at the TICAD VI. In addition, the Prime Minister's speech emphasized that health system strengthening to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which Japan has long been promoting based on the concept of human security, subsequently contribute to the prevention of and preparedness for health crises from times of peace. Further, the s speech referred to Prime Minister's speech at the UHC side event at the UNGA last year that highlighted the necessity for the international community to strengthen the collaboration among stakeholders for health system strengthening, and he welcomed launching of the "International Partnership for UHC 2030" and the ongoing global efforts for enhancing collaboration framework for achieving UHC. 

4 In the session 1, followed by opening remarks by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Mr. Gerd M?ller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany; Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO addressed on behalf of the co-organizers.