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Prof Soonman Kwon, the director of the Centre, participated in the Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017 in Tokyo, Japan on 11-15 December 2017. The Forum was hosted by the Government of Japan, and co-organized by the World Bank Group (WBG), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UHC2030. Over 400 high-level participants were convened, including heads of countries and the UN Secretary-General, heads of development partner agencies (WBG, WHO, UNICEF), ministers of health, development and finance of countries, academia, civil society organizations, technical experts, media, general pubic, and private sector participants.

 

Prof Kwon participated in the events below:

 

1.      Dec 12 (Tue): The Asia Pacific pathway to universal health coverage (Side event)

-      He presented ”Financing Pathways to UHC in Asia and the Pacific” in the session 3 on ’Aligning resources to identified priorities’.

-      He participated as a panelist in the session 5 on ’Engaging communities and repsonding to demand-side issues to accelerate progress towards UHC’ and discussed ’Engaging communities when value judgments are required: priority setting in health insurance’ .


2.      Dec 12 (Tue): The political economy of innovations intended to improve equity in access to health services (Side event)

-      He participated as a panellist with other panellists: David Hipgrave (UNICEF); Karen Grépin (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada); and Joseph Wong (University of Toronto, Canada).

-      He discussed progress on UHC approaches in Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam, with contextualization in the local political and economic environment and the emerging challenges, especially for financing, regulation, and accountability.


3.      Dec 13 (Wed): Delivering on the health needs of aging socities/ensuring the continuum of care (Main event)

-      Moderator: Sarah Barber, Director, WHO Centre for Health and Development

-      He participated as a panelist along with other panelists: Tetsuo Tsuji (former Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan); Giuseppe Ruocco (Secretary General, Ministry of Health, Italy); and Lam Pin Min (Senior Minister of Health and Transport, Singapore).

-      He discussed the issues of the role of innovation and private sector in response to changing population health needs and increasing demands and fiscal space for health in aging societies.

 


4.      Dec 15 (Fri): Regional networking and collaborations for UHC in Asia (Side event)

-      He presented ‘Major health financing and social protection issues in Asia’ in this meeting organized by P4H (Providing for Health).

 

 



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