The Global Health Security Agenda: Non Governmental Perspectives on Addressing Emerging and Evolving Biological Threats
September 25th, 2014
8:00am - 3:30pm, followed by a poster session
Since the February 2014 launch of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), international organizations and more than 50 countries have engaged in the Agenda, with the shared goal of taking action to create a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats—whether naturally occurring, or resulting from a deliberate or accidental release. On September 26, 2014, Ministers from around the world will convene at the White House to highlight new commitments to accelerate progress toward the goals of the GHSA.
Preceding this governmental meeting, nongovernmental stakeholders will convene a one-day conference on September 25, 2014—bringing together civil society organizations, foundations and government representatives—to discuss their views on the GHSA and their efforts in GHSA implementation. The purpose of this event is to invite discussion of proposed priorities for the GHSA over the next five years, and to provide governments with ideas for future commitments and action packages.
The one-day conference will include a keynote speaker and a series of panels—comprising nongovernment and government speakers—to discuss the core objectives of GHSA: preventing and reducing the likelihood of outbreaks; detecting threats early; and ensuring a rapid, effective response. This will be followed by an afternoon poster session, where participating organizations will have an opportunity to showcase their projects, network and identify potential partner organizations.
This meeting will also launch a new "Next Generation Global Health Security (GHS) Leaders" group, which is designed to provide young professionals with a platform to exchange ideas about the GHSA and empower them to contribute to implementing its goals. We encourage young professionals and students from your organizations to attend this event and participate in the afternoon breakout session for next generation global health security leaders.
More information about the Global Health Security Agenda is available online at: www.globalhealth.gov/globalhealthtopics/globalhealthsecurity/ghsagenda