WHO Director-General to address THE University Impact Forum

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will address the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Forum: Health and Well-being, in partnership with RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The forum, taking place on 7 and 8 July 2021, will gather international leaders and subject experts from higher education institutions to share research ideas and solutions to address the key health conditions and diseases that impact on human outcomes around the world.

On 8 July, Dr Tedros will deliver a keynote address on the role that Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-being will play in preventing the next pandemic.

Dr Tedros is globally recognised as a health scholar, advocate, and diplomat with first-hand experience in research, operations and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics.

Dr Tedros was elected WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017. In doing so, he was the first WHO Director-General elected from among multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and was the first person from the WHO African Region to head the world's leading public health agency.

During his period as Minister of Health, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health built 4,000 health centres, trained and deployed more than 30,000 health extension workers, and developed a new cadre of hospital management professionals. Dr Tedros was active in global health initiatives and created an impact on the wider area of the global health architecture. Ethiopia was the first country to sign a compact with the International Health Partnership to improve the health of citizens in developing counties.

Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016 where he led efforts to secure commitment from 193 countries to provide the finance necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

To view the full programme and register, visit the THE University Impact Forum website.

Registration for all events is free.