The fragmented system of global health security – MSC will convene Health Security Roundtable in Berlin

During the 2017 World Health Summit in Berlin, the Munich Security Conference is gathering 25 preeminent international opinion leaders from politics, academia, civil society and the healthcare industry for a Health Security Roundtable on October 16. The discussion will focus on leadership in the fragmented global health security architecture.

U.S. soldier dons protective suit for anti-contamination drill (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense).

To cope with future crises, the UN Secretary General has stated the urgent need for “leadership from a central political authority whose remit includes all of those (health and non-health) sectors”. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has a mandate to protect global health security, it could be argued that its lack of effective leadership has led to the emergence of new, sometimes competing, global health institutions. Today’s global health security architecture is therefore fragmented, with a wide array of actors and interests at play.

Key questions for the Health Security Roundtable will therefore include how to create a coherent structure for a multitude of international, regional and sub-regional institutions and initiatives, and how to balance the health security agendas of high and low income countries. The discussion will be facilitated by input from Suerie Moon, Director of Research at the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and Peter Salama, Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, and will be moderated by the Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, David Heymann. High-level experts in attendance will include Detlev Ganten, President of the World Health Summit, Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins sans Frontières, and Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness.

The MSC is organizing the Health Security Roundtable in cooperation with the World Health Summit and is supported by Chatham House.

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Health Security and the MSC
Besides its annual flagship conference in Munich, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Foundation regularly organizes high-profile events around the world. These events include summits and roundtables dedicated to a particular thematic focus like European Defence, Energy Security, Cyber Security, and Health Security.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the awareness among leaders that pandemics and other health crises can pose threats to the stability of entire states and regions and can evolve into full-fledged crises of international security. For this reason, in partnership with Chatham House, Merck, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MSC has launched a series of events on Health Security to establish a platform for senior leaders to discuss and collaborate on pressing global health security issues.

About the Munich Security Conference
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions. In addition to its annual conference, the MSC Foundation hosts a number of smaller, albeit equally high-profile, events around the world. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security Series, the Arctic Security Series and the European Defence Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.

13 October 2017, by MSC