Global Health Summit 2008

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Follow-Up Meeting in Tokyo

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Ministry of Finance

About the Summit

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Global Health Summit


Organized in cooperation with The World Bank, the first Global Health Summit was held on February 16, 2008 in Tokyo, with 100 of the most influential leaders on health issues from Japan and overseas gathering to debate the challenges and shape the priorities of the global health agenda.

In 2008, Japan hosts both TICAD IV and the G8 Summit, presenting an excellent opportunity to show the world Japan’s leadership in combating the widespread problems affecting global health. In 2000, when Japan previously hosted the G8 Summit, the Okinawa Infectious Diseases Initiative was taken up as a worldwide policy challenge. In the same year, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals, which ranged from reducing poverty to halting the spread of infectious diseases. 2008 represents the halfway point to the Millennium Development Goals’ target year, and it’s time to take action.

Starting this year, it is intended for the Global Health Summit to convene every year to improve the dialogue on global health issues among governments, the private sector, and international organizations. This year, constructive discussions were held with the support of The World Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and other partner organizations.

As a global leader nation, Japan is expected to play a valuable role in ensuring a healthier and more productive global community. The Global Health Summit advocates and contributes to continuing discussion and collaboration on global health issues to map out a path to a better future for all.


  • The World Bank
  • Health Policy Institute, Japan


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Ministry of Finance