World Health Summit

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The World Health Summit is a venue to discuss important health issues


Foto: Steffen Kugler

The Centre Virchow-Villermé cooperates closely with the World Health Summit (WHS), an annual gathering held every autumn in Berlin since 2009. An annual regional meeting is also held in the country of the current co-chairman since 2013. Staff members of the Centre Virchow-Villermé contributes to the WHS with the organization of workshops and take active part in various WHS events (see below).

The WHS brings together actors from academia, private industry, the scientific community and civil society, who together discuss the most difficult challenges facing the world. The conference operates under the auspices of the German Chancellor, the French President, and President of the European Commission.

The WHS – a further expression of French-German friendship


Motivated by the desire to strengthen cooperation between German and French scientists in the healthcare field, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and University Paris Descartes have been expanding their cooperative venture since the year 2000. One highlight is their fruitful cooperation in the context of the first World Health Summit held in 2009 on the occasion of the 300-year anniversary of the Charité, which also took place under the patronage of the French President and the German Chancellor.

The M8 Alliance – Cornerstone of the World Health Summit


Franco-German cooperation is also reflected in the M8 Alliance Network, which brings together universities, academies, institutions in the healthcare sector from the most important industrialized countries. The current 25 members of the M8 Alliance are committed to advising international decision-makers on how to improve global health and they help to draft possible solutions to the most pressing worldwide health issues.

The M8 Statements published in the context of each World Health Summit are available online.

CVV workshops at the World Health Summit:


WHS 2017: “Climate change and health – After the US COP21 withdrawal”, 15.10.2017


WHS regional meeting 2017: “Migrants’ Health: health and health care delivery for specific groups”, 08.05.2017

WHS 2016: “Fostering Open Science in Global Health”, 10.10.2016


WHS 2015: “Climate change and health”, 13.10.2015


WHS 2014: “Comparison of the French and German Position in the Health Sector regarding the POST-2015 Development Debate”, 19.10.2014

“National Agendas of Global Health”, 20.10.2014