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Global Health and Human Security

Asia Pacific High-Level Meeting

Innovative Partnerships for Health:
Regional Solutions, Regional Opportunities

October 24 , 2011

Background

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) organized—in collaboration with the Japan Institute for Global Health and the Pacific Health Summit—a high-level meeting in Tokyo on Monday, October 24, 2011, to explore the role of innovative partnerships in improving health in Asia Pacific.

As people and goods continue to move across national borders more fluidly, we are finding that infectious diseases also cross borders easily. Similarly, even illnesses or injuries confined to one location can have a profound collective impact on global markets and workforces. In much of Asia Pacific, the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases continues to grow. But we are finding that the region is also increasingly the source of solutions and new resources for health.

With the growing burden of disease has come a growing recognition that no sector can deal with the challenges of global health on its own. Rather, we need cross-sectoral partnerships within and across countries if we are going to have a sustainable positive impact. Keeping that need in mind, we have chosen to focus on lessons that can be learned from existing innovative partnerships for health in the region and beyond and on exploring avenues for replicating and scaling up successful examples. The widening health gap in Asia Pacific and the diversity among countries in the region point to the need to step up efforts to more equitably address global health challenges in the region, but they also highlight the fact that there are a plethora of lessons that can be learned from those experiences in the region that have proven successful. These are lessons that should be of interest not just to countries in Asia Pacific but also to their partners around the world.

Meeting Goals

The high-level meeting aimed to achieve the following goals:

Organization

The full-day meeting brought together key decision makers from Asia Pacific, including leaders from the government sector from industrialized and developing countries, traditional and emerging donor organizations, international health organizations, business, foundations, academia, and nongovernmental organizations. Panel presentations presented best practices of innovative partnerships for health in Asia Pacific, followed by in-depth, action-oriented discussion on how lessons learned from the best practices can be applied in order to replicate and scale up the best practices with the ultimate goal of improving health and wellbeing throughout the region. Panels also explored topics related to economies of scale, public-private partnership, and innovative financing.

Date & time:

Monday, October 24, 2011; 9:00–16:00

Venue: Orchard Room, Hotel Okura, Tokyo
Language: Japanese and English (simultaneous interpreting)
Co-organized by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan Center for International Exchange
In collaboration with:

Japan Institute for Global Health, Pacific Health Summit

Sponsored by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, ExxonMobil Japan

Agenda

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Opening Session

Moderator: Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange

Opening Remarks : Asia’s Leadership in Global Health

Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

Keynote Speech (via video)

Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Introduction

Shigeru Omi, Professor, Division of General Practice Center, Jichi Medical University; Regional Director Emeritus, World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (WPRO)

Session 1: Expanding Development and Delivery: Creating Economies of Scale

Moderator: Kenji Shibuya, Director, Japan Institute for Global Health

 

                        

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Session 2: Effective Public-Private Partnerships for Achieving Regional Health Goals

Moderator: James Chau, Anchor, China Central Television (CCTV); Goodwill Ambassador, UNAID

 

                        

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Lunch Panel: Asia Pacific Success Stories and Partnership Opportunities

Moderator: Yukio Takasu, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Human Security

 

                        

Special Remarks:

Yoriko Kawaguchi, Member, House of Councillors; Secretary-General, Diet TaskForce on Global Polio Eradication

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Session 3: Innovative and Sustainable Financing Partnerships

Moderator: Kenneth Cukier, Japan Business and Finance Correspondent, Economist

 

                        

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Call-to-Action and Next Steps

Moderator: Susan Hubbard, Senior Associate, JCIE/USA

 

                        

 

Closing

Yoko Komiyama, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan