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ABOUT Unite Global Summit

The UNITE Global Summit is UNITE’s flagship annual event to promote political impact & momentum towards ending infectious diseases as a global health threat. This year’s event, the UNITE Global Summit 2021, aims to secure political leadership as a key determinant to a fairer and equitable global health ecosystem that promotes health & well-being for all.

Why will the Summit be important?

By empowering political leaders, the Summit will draw key discussions and action on how, following COVID-the international architecture responds to current and future pandemics that affectand might affect the most vulnerable of our societies.

To implement more inclusive actions and solutions, the UNITE Global Summit serves as a platform for all relevant stakeholders to connect with elected members of parliament, congresses and senates who have the powers of:

  • Changing laws
  • Changing budgets
  • Influencing policies
  • And holding national governments & international organisations accountable

What will be the three central topics of the UNITE Global Summit 2021?  

This year the Summit will focus on three central topics:

  • Building Back Better our Communities
  • Science & Innovation: Hope for an Equitable Future
  • Rethinking Global Health & Multilateralism

To highlight different windows of opportunity in global health policy, the Summit will bring a whole-of-government approach by parliamentarians and elected officials with leaders from multilateral organizations, public-private partnerships, government development agencies, foundations, international NGOs, civil society, think tanks, academia and the private sector.

PROGRAMME

All times in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
08:00
09:00
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Opening Session

Opening remarks
Welcome and Introduction
Lessons learned from HIV – how to be better prepared for the next pandemic and continue tackling the current ones?
The role of innovation and access in pandemic preparedness and response
A community perspective to Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Preparing for the next Disease X – key challenges and lessons learned from COVID-19
09:00
09:15
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Break to transition to next panel

09:15
10:45
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Panel Session 1 - Investing for success: scientific progress and the importance of failing forward

Session hosted by the International Aids Society (IAS)
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Welcome & opening remarks

The importance of political leadership in the HIV response


Introduction and importance of scientific progress


Political leadership in following the science and ensuring adequate financing for HIV and public health


European leadership in novel research approaches and innovation on emerging public health concerns


Q&A


Accelerating the study of new drugs for HIV in pregnant women


Advancing science and a new Global Scientific Strategy for HIV cure research

Q&A

HIV Vaccines: Strategic Investment in a Virtuous Cycle of Innovation


HIV prevention research: The need for sustained funding and working with communities


Panel discussion


Closing remarks

10:45
11:00
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Break to transition to next panel

11:15
12:45
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Panel Session 2 - Centering Health and Rights in the COVID-19 response: Lessons from Asia

Session hosted by Harm Reduction International
Moderator:

National responses to COVID-19 and human rights: trends and the role of the international community

The securitisation of the COVID-19 response in Asia

Parliaments as monitoring and balancing mechanisms: impact of COVID-19 on MPs, and opportunities in Malaysia

Securitisation of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka and Parliaments as accountability mechanisms
Q & A

Conclusions
12:45
14:00
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Break

14:00
15:30
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Panel Session 3 - Tackling a Silent Epidemic: How can political leadership accelerate Hepatitis C control and treatment?

Session hosted by the Hepatitis Partnership for Control and Treatment (Hepatitis C PACT) - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi); FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics; Treatment Action Group (TAG)
Moderator:
Panel discussion:
15:30
15:45
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Break to transition to next panel

15:45
17:15
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Panel Session 4 - Access to Innovation in health – Building Hope for an Equitable Future

Session hosted by UNITAID
Introduction & opening remarks

1st panel:
Addressing critical health barriers for the most vulnerable –innovative tools to address health emergencies, build resilient health systems and support universal health coverage
Moderator:

The impact of innovation in LMICs response to HIV and COVID-19

The importance of access in building resilient health systems

Universal Health Coverage: a civil society perspective for the path forward
Q&A (10min)

2nd panel:
Solutions and challenges for COVID-19 Therapeutics & Diagnostics and lessons learned for the future and for other epidemics
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COVID-19 therapeutics: where we are and where we are going

COVID-19 diagnostics: access to test and treatment

What we have learned from COVID-19 technologies and equitable access
Q&A (10min)

Closing remarks and Key takeaways

Day 2: Science & Innovation: Hope For An Equitable Future

HOST: Eloise Todd

Co-Founder of Pandemic Action Network

09:00
10:30
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Panel Session 1 - G7 Leadership in Accelerating the Response to Antimicrobial Resistance in the Pandemic Era

Session hosted by the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP)
Moderator:
Sara Cosgrove

Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Professor of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Hospital

The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance and the need to galvanize international action

Panelists:
Laura Piddock

Scientific Director, GARDP

Andrew Ullmann

 Member of Parliament, Germany
 UNITE Chapter Chair, Western & Central Europe

Hajime Inoue

Assistant Minister for Global Health and Welfare, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Renu Swarup

Former Secretary, Department of Biotechnology; Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India

10:30
10:45
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Break to transition to next panel

10:45
12:15
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Panel Session 2 -Building political will to end neglected tropical diseases

Session hosted by Uniting to Combat NTDs & Wellcome Trust
Moderator:
Ade Adefeko

Vice President – Corporate & Government Relations, Olam Nigeria

A roadmap for action
Gautam Biswas

Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO

Mwele Malecela "Video message"

Director of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO

Securing commitments and Parliamentary engagement
Jeremy Lefroy

Ambassador, Uniting to Combat NTDs

Stan Kutcher

Member of Parliament, Canada

Mercy Chebeni

Member of Parliament, Kenya

Neema Lugangira

Member of Parliament, Tanzania

Georg Kippels

Member of Parliament, Germany

Antonio Rosario Niquice

Member of Parliament, Mozambique

Theo Clarke

Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

Translating research into policy and practice
Moderator:
Tamar Ghosh

Chief Executive, The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Speakers:
Ymkje Stienstra

Professor of Medicine, tropical and poverty related infectious diseases, University of Gröningen

Isabela Ribeiro

Head Dynamic Portfolio Unit, DNDi

John Amuasi

Executive Director, African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTDs)

12:15
14:00
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Break

14:00
15:30
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Panel Session 3 - The Global Drug Policy Index and Financing for Harm Reduction

Session hosted by Harm Reduction International

Introductory remarks by Harm Reduction International
Colleen Daniels

Deputy Director and Public Health Lead, Harm Reduction International


The Global Drug Policy Index
Beatrix Vas

Project Manager, Youth RISE
Policy Officer, UNITE


Financing for Harm Reduction
Catherine Cook

Sustainable Financing Lead, Harm Reduction International


MPs roundtable:
Close up on drug policy and harm reduction funding: national experience and lessons learned

Moderator:
Colleen Daniels

Deputy Director and Public Health Lead, Harm Reduction International


Speakers:
Mariam Jashi

EECA Regional Chair, UNITE and former President, Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development

Fiona Patten

Member of the Victorian Legislative Council, Australia

James Agalga

Member of Parliament, Ghana

Erika Hilton

President of the Human Rights Commission of the São Paulo City Council, Brazil

Patricia Mercado

Senator of the Mexican Republic

Sveinung Stensland

Member of Parliament, Norway

Beatriz Gomes Dias

Member of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, Member of the Lisbon City Council


Closing remarks
Colleen Daniels

Deputy Director and Public Health Lead, Harm Reduction International

15:30
15:45
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Break to transition to next panel

15:45
17:15
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Panel Session 4 - Effective legislation for sustainable digital transformation: the key role of legislators in the digital transformation of health to achieve SDG 3.8

Session hosted by Transform Health
Moderator:
Fadi Alame

Member of the Parliament, Lebanon


Panel Discussion: Effective legislation for sustainable digital transformation: the perspectives of different sectors on challenges, solutions and opportunities
Nicole Spieker

CEO of PharmAccess

Gisela Scaglia

UNITE Chapter Chair, Latin America & The Caribbean


Announcement of the Joint Policy Hub on Digital Health
Frank Smith

Transform Health


End Note
Fadi Alame

Member of the Parliament, Lebanon

Day 3: Rethinking Global Health & Multilateralism

HOST: Katja Roll

Senior Advisor Global Health Diplomacy, Joep Lange Institute

09:00
10:30
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Panel Session 1 - Collaboration in the Time of Corona – What Have We Learned?

Session hosted by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Debate Moderator
Carl Björkman

Head of Nordics at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Opening Remarks
Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao

Managing Director, Gavi

Panellists:
Sabina Chege

Member of Parliament, Kenya

Dought Ndiweni

Member of the Parliament, Zimbabwe

Sveinung Stensland

Member of Parliament, Norway

10:30
10:45
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Break to transition to next panel

10:45
12:15
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Panel Session 2 - Leave No One’s Health Behind: Invest in Health Systems for All

Session hosted by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria & UHC2030
Introduction & Welcome
Moderator:
Robert Yates

Director of the Global Health Programme and Executive Director of the Centre for Universal Health

Opening Remarks
Gabriela Cuevas Barrón

Co-chair, UHC2030

Parliamentarian Guide: 6 Action Steps to Achieve Universal Health Coverage
Keizo Takemi

Member of the House of Councillors, The National Diet of Japan; WHO Goodwill Ambassador for UHC

Mobilizing Resources for Stronger Health Systems and Pandemic Response
Scott Boule

Senior Specialist for Parliamentary Affairs, Global Fund

Video 1 - How We Changed the Story
Global Fund
Perspective from Zambia: The Impact of Investments in Community Health Systems
Carol Nawina Kachenga

Executive Director, CITAM Plus

Parliamentarian Guide: 10 Modules
Marie Rose Nguini-Effa

President, African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (FPA)

Video 2 - UHC Leaves No One Behind: Let's work together towards good health & wellbeing for all
UHC2030

Roundtable of policymakers
Rosena Allin-Khan

Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

Habibe Millat

Member of Parliament, Bangladesh

Ibtissame Azzaoui

Member of Parliament, Morocco, UNITE Chapter Chair, Middle East & North Africa

Given Katuta

Member of Parliament, Zambia


Discussion/Q&A

Closing Remarks
Robert Yates

Director of the Global Health Programme and Executive Director of the Centre for Universal Health

12:15
14:00
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Break

14:00
15:30
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Panel session 3 - The Path Forward to Prevent Pandemics

Session hosted by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) &​ Panel for a Global Public Health Convention (PGPHC)
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15:30
15:45
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Break to transition to next panel

15:45
17:15
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Panel Session 4 - Closing Session:

A call to action for Parliamentary networks: signature of the International Forum on Global Health Joint Declaration
David Wilson

Program Director in the Health Nutrition and Population practice, World Bank

Ricardo Baptista Leite

MD, Member of Parliament, Portugal
UNITE Founder & President

Liam Byrne

Chair of Parliamentary Network on WB & IMF

UNITE Global Board: Overview of UNITE's Chapter Chair's work in its regions of intervention in 2021
Moderator:
Jorge Saavedra

Executive Director of the AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami

Speakers:
Akua Sena Dansua

UNITE’s Regional Chair for Western & Central Africa

Gisela Scaglia

UNITE’s Regional Chair for Latin America and the Caribbeans

Ibtissame Azzaoui

UNITE’s Regional Chair for the Middle East and North of Africa

Civil society and Communities at the centre of global health multilateralism
Moderator:
Bertrand Audoin

Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships of the International Association of Providers of Health Care

Speakers:
Lucica Ditiu

Executive Director Stop TB Partnership

Philippe Duneton

Executive Director UNITAID

Ricardo Baptista Leite

MD, Member of Parliament, Portugal
UNITE Founder & President

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