Preliminary PROGRAM

A challenge for Switzerland: Achieving health for all in a changing world

Health in Switzerland’s foreign policy and international cooperation

The program can be downloaded here

8:45- 9:30

 Registration and Coffee

Part 1: Health in the message on Switzerland's International Cooperation in 2017 - 2020


Welcome Speech
Thomas Vogel, President of the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland


Switzerland: How to meet responsibilities in a changing environment
by Ambassador Thomas Greminger (SDC)


Development Policy, Health and the Money. A civil society health perspective on the “Message on Switzerland's International Cooperation in 2017 – 2020”
(Input in German with simultaneous translations) by Martin Leschhorn Strebel (MMS)

Coffee Break

Part 2: SDGs and health


The Social Determinants of Health and the search for health equity in the times of the SDGs
by Eugenio Raul Villar Montesinos (WHO)


UNO Agenda 2030 for sustainable development: A milestone for radical transformation – or just all smoke and mirrors?
(Input in German with simultaneous translations) by Thomas Schwarz (MMI)


Panel Discussion “Are we on the right track to health for all in a changing world?”


Part 3: Achieving health for all - roles and involvement of civil society in the global South and North


Engaging with civil society through parallel-tracking

By Glenn Laverack (WHO)


Bridging between local engagement and global processes
by Nonjabulo Mahlangu (Community Working Group on Health, Zimbabwe)


Group A:

What are the next steps for MMS advocacy work based on the message in Switzerland?

Group B:

How have the MDGs influenced the programs/ projects of Swiss NGOs and our partner organisations and how to deal with the SDGs?

Group C:

Change from the bottom – what is the role of international community to promote and support community participation in health issues through community mobilization and advocacy?



Presentation of the main findings



Carine Weiss

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