Global Health Summit 2008

Main Contents
Follow-Up Meeting in Tokyo

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

Messages

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Message from Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori

Yoshiro Mori

I extend my sincerest congratulations on the convening the Global Health Summit. This Summit offers a particularly valuable opportunity to discuss the role of Japan in the global health arena with the participation of domestic and international leaders, prior to the two major international conferences to be held in Japan this year, the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD IV, and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.

In TICAD IV, which marks the fourth conference this year, I am determined, as a chair, to produce concrete results in the core areas including global health, fighting against poverty and boosting economic growth. I recently attended the General Assembly of the African Union in Ethiopia and stressed the importance for Japan to take the initiative in ensuring the “human security” in Africa by advancing discussions through the African Union, TICAD IV and the G8 Summit.

The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit will take up, along with climate change, the issue of development and Africa as major global challenges. Global health is an issue of particular importance in that topic. In the G8 Kyushu Okinawa Summit in 2000, Japan launched the “Okinawa Infectious Diseases Initiative” and made a significant contribution to establishment of the Global Fund addressing major infectious diseases. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit now attracts significant attention from the international community, as it will be hosted in Japan again after 8 years.

In this special year of 2008, when Japan will host the two major international conferences, TICAD IV and the G8 Summit, I sincerely hope and expect there will be a thorough discussion on the future role that Japan should play in the international community.  

Former Prime Minister

Yoshiro Mori

Message from the Co-organizer

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Global health is the critical issue facing humankind today. Japan has played a significant role in this field from the perspective of its various ODA and development programs and through “Human Security”, the concept advanced by Madame Ogata and Prof. Amartya Sen. This year in Davos, Prime Minister Fukuda highlighted Japan’s role in global health affairs, re-enforcing the fact that global health is one of the key areas where Japan has to show strong leadership in order to make a truly significant contribution to the world.

he year 2008 is a very critical year as Japan will host and chair both TICAD IV and the G8 summit. Thus, it is an extremely important opportunity to address global health issues and Japan’s particular role in this field. Comprehensive cooperation amongst government, international organizations, private sector entities and civil society groups will be the key ingredient to achieve success in this mission in an increasingly globalized world and to move toward a global broadening and strengthening of civil society movements. We all hope that this conference will offer some valuable direction on Japan’s potential contributions and therefore help lead to the improvement of health for the people all over the world.

We greatly appreciate all your participation in the Global Health Summit co-hosted by Health Policy Institute, Japan and the World Bank.

Chairman, Health Policy Institute, Japan

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Message from the Co-organizer

Robert B. Zoellick

If we are serious about fighting poverty, improving the health of millions of the world’s poorest people must be a top priority for the global development community. In developing countries, ill-health and disease too often go hand in hand with grinding poverty and blunted national aspirations. Evidence shows that
weak health systems in these countries are a significant roadblock to improving health. Stronger health systems are therefore essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals which commit developing countries to historic reductions in poverty while dramatically transforming the human well-being of their citizens by 2015.
We look to Japan, which chairs TICAD IV and the G8 Summit this year, to amplify the importance of global health. In this age of globalization, poverty and infectious disease in one part of the world can affect us all. All of us, therefore, from governments and development agencies to the private sector and civil society, need to play a role in addressing these issues. The Global Health Summit, under Japanese leadership, will remind us all why the state of health worldwide is everyone’s business, and a key pillar to supporting an inclusive and sustainable globalization.

The President of The World Bank

Robert B. Zoellick