Global Health Centre
08 October 2020

Open Global Health Event Series

Global health is at a turning point. Global health actors founded in the late twentieth century are faced with challenges that were not foreseen in the wake of World War II. In addition to multiple ongoing pandemics, with the near certainty of other pandemics to come in the future, global health agencies must contend with the growing displacement and ill-health linked to climate change; with economic volatility, growing income inequality, the rise of populism, the spread of "fake news" through globally networked technologies, and other destabilising political forces.

Multilateralism itself is increasingly called into question: by countries competing to obtain essential medical products and future vaccines, while contending over the structure and the very existence of the World Health Organization; by civil society groups demanding a more meaningful voice in decision-making processes; by science skeptics and anti-vaxxers. New forms of mobilisation insist on structural change: from Black Lives Matter, to the #metoo movement, to calls to decolonise global health, and growing public concerns about income inequality.

How can global health steer a path forward in an unpredictable terrain? To develop new and better solutions, global health agencies have to engage in open and frank discussions. The Open Global Health series brings together prominent international experts for a provocative and forward-looking set of conversations about power, politics and governance in global health.

Open Global Health


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