Press Release : Thailand hosted FPGH Health Ministerial Breakfast on the margins of World Health Assembly news3

Press Release : Thailand hosted FPGH Health Ministerial Breakfast on the margins of World Health Assembly

On 24 May 2017, Clinical Professor Emeritus Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the Minister of Public Health chaired Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Ministerial Breakfast in Geneva with the support of Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations in Geneva. The meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. Sek Wannamethee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations in Geneva, Minister of Health of Indonesia, Minister of Health of South Africa, State Secretary of Ministry of Health and Care Service of Norway, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations in Geneva and representative from Permanent Mission of  Senegal to the United Nations in Geneva.

During the meeting, the Minister of Public Health of Thailand summarized FPGH’s implemented activities that are High – Level FPGH Retreat in Thailand and the FPGH joint statement delivered in the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health in Colombo. The participants of breakfast meeting commended that the retreat held in Bangkok help determining the FPGH direction in the future. The meeting also discussed on the work plan for the second half of the year such as the updates of Oslo Ministerial Declaration on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the FPGH, the submission of annual draft resolution ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy’ to the United Nations General Assembly and the proposal to establish 12 December as Universal Health Coverage Day.

The participants talked about possible cooperation areas between FPGH and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, designated Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), for example, (1) strengthening health system based on primary health care which will create universal health coverage and lead to the achievement of sustainable development goals (2) health personnel employment (3) health emergency response (4) equitable access to medicines and treatment (5) issue prioritization, budget allocation and WHO transparency and credibility.

Besides, participants also discussed about the draft Global Health and Foreign Policy resolution on Addressing the Health of the Most Vulnerable for an Inclusive Society. The participants voiced their opinions that the definition of the most vulnerable should be flexible because each country defines ‘vulnerability’ differently and may specify the most vulnerable as reflecting in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.