Global Health and Human Security

Universal Health Coverage in the New Development Era:
Toward Building Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems

Tokyo | December 16, 2015

Conference Overview

On December 16, 2015, approximately 300 leaders from around the globe—political leaders, heads of international organizations, NGO leaders, scholars, and other experts in the fields of global health and development—converged in Tokyo for a major conference on the topic of universal health coverage (UHC). The meeting, which was co-organized by JCIE and the government of Japan, came at a key moment in history: It represented the first major international meeting on global health following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly in September of this year, marking a shift in the world’s development agenda from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The timing of the conference was also important in that Japan will assume the presidency of the G7 next year, with the G7 Ise-Shima Summit and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Meeting scheduled to take place in Japan in May and September respectively. In addition, the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) will be held in Africa for the first time in 2016. Given its own success in having achieved UHC in 1961, while still in the early stages of its postwar development, Japan can provide lessons in implementing and sustaining UHC in the new development agenda and in enhancing the resilience of health systems and communities around the world. (Read More...)


Co-organizers Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Ministry of Finance of Japan; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Collaborators Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; China Medical Board; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT); Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association; Rockefeller Foundation; United Nations Foundation; World Bank Group; World Health Organization (WHO)
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Remarks SHINZO ABE, Prime Minister of Japan
HANS-PETER BAUR, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
SETH BERKLEY, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
MARGARET CHAN, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
LINCOLN CHEN, China Medical Board
LUCICA DITIU, Stop TB Partnership
MARK DYBUL, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
VICTOR DZAU, National Academy of Medicine
BILL GATES, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
HIDEKI HASHIMOTO, University of Tokyo
DAVID L. HEYMANN, Chatham House
BART JANSSENS, Médecins Sans Frontières
MUSTAPHA SIDIKI KALOKO, African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs
ILONA KICKBUSCH, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
JIM YONG KIM, President, World Bank
SHINICHI KITAOKA, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
KIYOSHI KUROKAWA, Health and Global Policy Institute
JAMES WAINAINA MACHARIA, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Health, Kenya
ANNE MILLS, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
CHRISTOPHER J. L. MURRAY, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN, United Nations Population Fund
MARK PEARSON, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
PETER PIOT, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
MICHAEL REICH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
PIYASAKOL SAKOLSATAYADORN, Minister of Public Health, Thailand
KENJI SHIBUYA, University of Tokyo
YASUHISA SHIOZAKI, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
BT SLINGSBY, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund
K. SRINATH REDDY, Public Health Foundation of India
KEIZO TAKEMI, House of Councillors, Japan
TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia
SIMON WRIGHT, Save the Children
TACHI YAMADA, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Conference Videos & Interviews

Conference Remarks

Overview of the conference by Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors

Global Leadership Address by Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

Global Leadership Address by Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

Keynote Speech by Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Conference Interviews

Government Approaches to Universal Health Coverage

Interview #1 with Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Interview #2 with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia

Interview #3 with Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID

Reconciling UHC with Disease-specific Approaches

Interview #4 with Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Interview #5 with Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund

Japan's Role in Global Health

Interview #6 with Hon. Keizo Takemi, Member of House of Councillors, Japan

Interview #7 with Sumie Ishii, Executive Director, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)

JCIE Global Health Special Blog Series

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