At the dialogue forum at the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina in Halle (Saale) on 22 March 2017. the science academies of the G20 states handed over recommendations to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The document was published in preparation of the G20 Summit consultations in July 2017 under the leadership of the Leopoldina and contains strategies and tools to improve global health. For the first time, the G20 science academies contribute to the Summit preparations with jointly developed recommendations.
The recommendations include strategies and tools to combat diseases and to strengthen global health. A particular emphasis lies on the correlation between communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases, for example virus-related cancer. The science academies demand to provide reliable and resilient health systems and to better apply existing knowledge for prevention. Social, environmental and economic factors that affect health should be in the focus.