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European Public Health WEEK

22-26 May 2023


Public health: Global issues, local actions


Friday 26 May - Global health emergencies and response

The past years have taught us we were not ready for a pandemic: we have to build back better and have solid plans for new global health emergencies and responses. These go beyond threats caused by infectious diseases: we only need to look out of the window to see the effects of climate change and  extreme weather events. We can only solve global health emergencies by working cross-border, in an international arena. It requires national dedication, engagement and investment, but international coordination. A threat we need to be particularly prepared for is the Antimicrobial Resistance, listed by the WHO as one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. Because AMR touches upon many sectors and because of increased market exchanges across countries, AMR can only be solved by a one health approach and strategies coordinated on all levels - national, regional, and global  – as AMR spreads across borders and species.


Daily partner

Our daily partner for the topic of "Global health emergencies and response" is the The World Federation of Public Health Associations. The daily partner developed and organised the kick-off event for Friday.


Daily kick-off event

The interplay of civil society and multilateral institutions:
The case of the pandemic treaty negotiations

The final day of the 2023 EUPHW - on "Global health emergencies and response" - will kick-off with a webinar co-organised by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and EUPHA.

We learnt and discuss about the "The interplay of civil society and multilateral institutions: the case of the pandemic treaty negotiations". Next to Prof. Bettina Borisch (WFPHA, CEO) and Dr. Marieke Verschuuren (EUPHA, Executive Director), speakers included Dr. Haik Nikogosian (Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva, Senior Fellow) and Dr. Gaudenz Silberschmidt (WHO Health and Multilateral Partnerships, Director). 

The event recording is available here: 

Sub themes

These are sub themes to give you ideas and to stimulate your imagination. They do not limit the scope of the day themes. If you are having doubts on which day you should organise your event, email us at our team will be happy to help you.

  • Strengthening health emergency preparedness, prevention and response
  • International mechanisms: International Health Regulations and the Pandemic Treaty
  • The importance of strong surveillance systems
  • Vaccination strategies in time of emergency
  • The role of civil society in emergency preparedness and response
  • The role of inter- and supranational organisations 
  • Stakeholder coordination: exchange of best practices
  • Antimicrobial Resistance - everyone has a role to play
  • Responding to immediate needs in a crisis and ensuring continuity of essential services
  • Impacts of energy crisis and black-outs on healthcare systems and individual health


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