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How can we ensure that fragile and conflict-affected states are not left behind?

In relation to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), significant progress has been made in addressing some of the world’s most important challenges. One billion people have moved out of extreme poverty, child mortality has been reduced from 12,7 million to 5,9 million, and more children than ever before are enrolled in primary school. However, this progress has not been shared evenly around the world. Globally, almost 1 in 100 humans is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. Populations in remote environments, affected by weak systems of governance, or suffering from violence and disasters, have gradually been left behind.

Welcome to the full-day conference Global Health in Conflict, Poverty and Fragility - Achieving the 2030 Agenda.

About the conference

The conference will be a platform for dialogue and knowledge dissemination, with the aim to increase awareness about the health challenges in fragile and conflict-affected environments, and to reach an understanding of what actions need to be taken to ensure that fragile and conflict-affected states are not left behind in achieving the SDGs. The conference will contribute to formulating policy recommendations and solutions for fragile states to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require significant investments and policy changes across country contexts, but challenges in delivering on the SDGs are especially great in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Therefore, considerable thought must be given to these states, communities and populations, and to strongly support the progress of SDGs with special focus on health needs, human security, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality.

The lives of women and children are often dependent on access to basic healthcare services, midwives, humanitarian workers, and HIV prevention. Women and children are particularly vulnerable in humanitarian crises and in refugee camps to challenges related to sexual and reproductive health. In many post-conflict situations, meeting healthcare needs are still lagging, and investments are often seen as politically or financially risky. It is therefore important for the international community to identify both tested and innovative means to ensure that adequate healthcare is provided in the context of humanitarian crises and to improve the framework conditions for promoting a secure and healthy future for affected populations.

World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, with the objective to identify solutions for the growing humanitarian needs. Building on the debates advanced during this high-level meeting, the Global Health in Conflict, Poverty and Fragility conference provides a unique opportunity to highlight lessons learned and experiences from the summit, as well as the specific challenges related to global health in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

Since 2015, Global Utmaning works with development policy focusing on global health issues. Earlier this year, the think-thank also released a report on global health and the 2030 Agenda. Global Utmaning is an independent think tank that promotes long-term solutions to crises and challenges in the ecological, economic and social systems through collaboration between research, business, politics and civil society. The think tank is a node within international networks, working with strategic analysis, policy solutions and advocacy through policy dialogues, seminars and reports. Global Utmaning has a qualified and experienced network of over 90 senior advisors with cross-sectoral expertise and a strong belief in the future.

Program

08.15 – 09.00

Registration and coffee

Johan Hassel

09.00 – 09.10

Welcome and introduction by the moderator

Johan Hassel

CEO Global Utmaning, Member of the Swedish 2030 Agenda Delegation

Helena Nordenstedt

09.10 – 09.30

Global health in fragile environments

Helena Nordenstedt

Assistant Professor in Global Health, Karolinska Institutet

Ulrika Modéer

09.30 – 09.45

Keynote speaker

Ulrika Modéer

State Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden

09.45 – 10.30

How can the SDGs related to health be operationalized in fragile and conflict-affected states?

Ulrika Modéer

Ulrika Modéer

State Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden

Marijke Wijnroks

Marijke Wijnroks

Chief of Staff, Global Fund

Jerker Liljestrand

Jerker Liljestrand

Senior Programme Officer, Maternal Newborn and Child Health Team, Gates Foundation

Ingo Piegeler

Ingo Piegeler

Humanitarian Coordination Adviser, UNFPA Geneva

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

Jan Eliasson (tbc)

11.00 – 11.10

Keynote speaker (via link)

Jan Eliasson (tbc)

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

11.10 – 11.45

Syria – A humanitarian crisis beyond borders

Efraim Gomez

Efraim Gomez

Head of UN Policy Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Director, SIPRI

Gun-Britt Andersson

Gun-Britt Andersson

Senior Adviser, Global Utmaning and Vice Chair, EBA

Katrin Kisswani

Katrin Kisswani

Chair, MSF Sweden

Anneli Bergholm-Söder

Anneli Bergholm-Söder

Head of Coordination & Operations Department, MSB

11.45 – 12.15

Audience interaction – wrap-up morning session

12.15 – 13.30

Lunch

13.30 – 14.30

Country case studies – from fragile to strengthened, resilient health systems

Anders Nordström

Anders Nordström

Head of WHO, Sierra Leone

Lena Ag

Lena Ag

Secretary-General, Kvinna till Kvinna

Anna-Karin Johansson

Anna-Karin Johansson

Secretary-General, Swedish Afghanistan Committee

Anna Sjöblom

Anna Sjöblom

Medical Humanitarian Adviser, MSF Sweden

Rachel Irwin

Rachel Irwin

Postdoc Researcher, Karolinska Institutet

14.30 – 15.00

Coffee Break

Lennarth Hjelmåker

15.00 – 15:15

Swedish support for global health in the 2030 Agenda

Lennarth Hjelmåker

Sweden's Ambassador for Global Health

15.15 – 15.30

Swedish Initiative for global health (SIGHT)

Göran Tomson

Göran Tomson

Senior Professor, Karolinska Institutet

Peter Friberg

Peter Friberg

Professor, University of Gothenburg

15.30 – 16.15

Swedish perspectives on moving forward

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Director-General, Sida

Mats Karlsson

Mats Karlsson

Director, Utrikespolitiska Institutet

Tobias Alfvén

Tobias Alfvén

Chair, Swedish Society for Medicine's Committee for Global Health

Elisabeth Dahlin

Elisabeth Dahlin

Secretary-General, Save the Children Sweden

Véronique Lönnerblad

Véronique Lönnerblad

Executive Director, UNICEF Sweden

16.15 – 16.45

Audience interaction

Hans Rosling

16.45 – 17.00

Closing remarks

Hans Rosling

Professor in Global Health, Director and Co-founder Gapminder

17.00 – 18.00

Reception