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Global Health: G20-Science Academies hand over recommendations to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel

Global Health: G20-Science Academies hand over recommendations to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel

Communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases continue to burden all nations and require urgent action. In preparation of the G20 Summit 2017 in Hamburg, the science academies of the G20 countries developed recommendations to improve global health. At the publicly held Science20 dialogue hosted on March 22 at the National Academy of Science Leopoldina in Halle (Saale), Germany, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will receive the recommendations.

Around the globe, their impact is devastating, leading not only to individual and family suffering, but also to tremendous healthcare costs, loss of workforce, and declines in productivity and prosperity. Together these present a serious and continuously growing threat to healthcare and public health systems, economic growth, social cohesion and equity, and even to international security.

The annual Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Group of Twenty (G20) will be held on 7 and 8 July 2017 under German Presidency. In addition to issues related to global economic growth and financial market regulation, health will be an important focus of the G20 Summit in Hamburg. The German G20 Presidency attaches great importance to dialogue with different civil society groups. For the first time, the science and research community is included into the G20 process as “Science20”. Under the leadership of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the science academies of the G20 countries are developing scientific recommendations on improving global health.

At the Science20 Dialogue Forum on 22 March 2017 in Halle (Salle), the results will be presented by national and international experts and the recommendations will be officially handed over to Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel by the presidents of the science academies of the G20 countries.

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