Global Health is a priority for the Swedish Society of Medicine. “Global Health – beyond 2015” is the sequel to the major seminar held November 2008 as part of Society’s 200th anniversary.
Together with our partners, the world’s leading medical journal The Lancet, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), we have formed a Working Group that will identify, analyse and report on the major global health issues. The report will be presented at a press conference, and then discussed and debated in an open international and interdisciplinary conference, involving academia, health care, policy and industry, at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre on 4th April 2013.
After input from the experts of the conference and partners, and especially from today’s youth and students, we will propose ”The Stockholm Declaration on Global Health”, which will become a beacon for further efforts to improve human health globally.
On 5 April we hold a follow-up workshop to the conference, to further debate and reflect upon the topics raised during the conference. Since the conference concerns the future agenda for research, capacity building and action, students and junior researchers are the main target audience, being the ones having to face these challenges in the future.
We put emphasis on securing wide media exposure to the process.
State-of-the-art technology will be used at the conference to create the most effective interaction between the organisers, the participants, partners and audience.
The starting point for the process is the UN Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs) that the world’s countries agreed upon in 2000:
1. End poverty and hunger
2. Universal education
3. Gender equality
4. Child health
5. Maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria
7. Environmental sustainability
8. Global partnership
The key aim of the MDGs is to reduce extreme poverty by 50 per cent by 2015. “The Stockholm Declaration on Global Health” will outline the actions to be taken to meet the MDGs in the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals. Emphasis will be on new challenges such as health inequalities, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and climate change.