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Global Health Policy Forum 2018

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Brussels, 1 February 2018

About the 2018 Forum

On Thursday, 1 February 2018, a Global Health Policy Forum will be hosted in the DEVCO Infopoint from 10:00 to 12:00. It will summarise Global Health policy in 2017, with a discussion of possible topics for 2018 and feedback on the 2018 WHO Executive Board meeting.
The Global Health Policy Forum

The Global Health Policy Forum brings together interested parties (from industry, NGOs, international organisations) to exchange information, and discuss policy developments, with a view to maximising synergies and fostering mutual understanding.

Through the Forum, the European Commission aims to ensure open dialogue on global health. The Global Health Policy Forum is coordinated in particular between DG SANTE, DG RTD & DG DEVCO and a coalition of global health civil society organisations (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW), Global Health Advocates (GHA), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign, Oxfam International, Save the Children, Stop AIDS Alliance, The One Campaign, World Vision International).

Draft Agenda:
1. Global Health 2017 –Handover to DG DEVCO 2018
2. Debrief WHO Executive Board meeting
3. Possible topics for Global Health Policy Forum in 2018
4. Information points Commission / Forum members

Forum location

European Commission
Rue de la Loi 43-45 Ground Floor
(corner of rue de Loi/rue de la Science)
1040 Brussels



In 2017, DG SANTE organised a Stakeholder Consultation ahead of the 70th World Health Assembly on May 12th 2017 with the EU Delegation in Geneva. The Forum participants expressed their positions on various agenda items of the World Health Assembly, with a view to inform the EU and its members who are in the process of developing their positions. The meeting sought better links between the Global Health Policy Forum work in Brussels and interested parties in Geneva. The discussions were open and civil society(CSOs) actively participated. Most CSO interventions touched on access issues.  

In 2016, as rotating chair of the Global Health Policy Forum, DG RTD organised four Global Health Policy Forums on Health and Migration, Access to Essential Medicines, Health and Environment and Access to New Medicines. All the presentations from the 2016 Global Health Policy Forum are available here on the Global Health Policy Forum webpage.