WHS03 : Geneva (IHEID) – Accelerating the implementation of the SDG agenda in global health (with translation)

WHS03 : Geneva (IHEID) – Accelerating the implementation of the SDG agenda in global health (with translation)

Location: Room 3 Date: April 19, 2016 Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Nearly 200 nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in October 2015 as a commitment to improving the lives of their populations. Health and well-being are at the centre of this global effort. Whereas SDG 3 specifically focuses on health, other developments goals, including those that relate to environment, nutrition, hunger, agriculture, and education also impact profoundly on health. Therefore, countries will need to adopt a holistic and ambitious approach towards the implementation of the SDGs, if there is to be real progress for health. The most obvious challenge is identifying and committing adequate financial resources. Yet, beyond resources, three other important issues will need to be addressed: global knowledge sharing; adequate monitoring and ensuring accountability; and facilitating innovation. This symposium aims to discuss how think tanks and academic institutions can be critical catalysts in addressing these challenges. It will explore: how they can help generate, translate, and disseminate knowledge; how to ensure that knowledge is treated as a global public good; what responsibility they have in accelerating the SDG implementation process with a focus on the political and policy dimensions; and how they can stimulate innovation in global and national healthcare systems by evaluating new models and technologies and by promoting ideas and solutions that will help address the innovation gap for SDGs.


ID Name of the moderator Organisation Country
WHS3/0 Ilona Kickbusch

Global Health Programme, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies



ID Title of the presentation Name of the speaker Organisation Country
WHS3/1  The G7 and the SDGs – what role for think tanks? Yasushi Katsuma

Waseda University


SDGs and the power of policy

Francis Omaswa African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation Uganda

Networks to support SDG implementation

International Development Research Centre

WHS3/4  Measuring SDG implementation Frank Pega




SDGs and the potential of partnerships

Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine